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KHIP: State mobilizing against complex issues around substance abuse disorders

Nearly a third of Kentucky adults (31%) reported that they have a friend or family member who has experienced problems in the past 12 months as a result of using drugs, according to data released from the 2018 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). The KHIP data is consistent with other statistics showing the prevalence of substance use disorders in the Commonwealth: Kentucky reported 1,566 overdose deaths...

Kentucky physicians launch campaign to encourage patients to ‘Know Your Meds’ — keep them safe

By Nancy Swikert, M.D. Special to KyForward   Tremendous advancements in science and medicine have revolutionized the treatment of conditions and diseases that were once unmanageable. Prescription medicines have become an essential lifeline for many Kentuckians, helping them to better treat their pain, seizures, mental illnesses and other serious ailments.   When patients adhere to the treatments...