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Transportation problems, lack of confidentiality among barriers to accessing rural syringe exchanges

By Heather Chapman Kentucky Health News Rural residents who inject drugs say they are less likely to access syringe exchange programs because of transportation problems, inability to get to the service at times it’s open, and concerns about stigma, lack of confidentiality and law enforcement. So says a newly published study examining barriers that can prevent people who inject drugs (PWIDs) from...

Beshear joins lawsuit against makers of opioid treatment drug for blocking generic production

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined a multistate antitrust lawsuit against the makers of Suboxone over allegations the companies blocked generic competitors and sold the drug at artificially high prices. The suit claims Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, now known as Indivior, conspired with MonoSol Rx to switch Suboxone from a tablet version to a mouth-dissolving film to prevent or delay generic...

Heroin crisis gets ‘collective response’ as
N. Ky. task force moves to address issue

Staff report   The worsening heroin crisis in Northern Kentucky is a complicated issue, but there is a “simple action” that could make a difference in how the problem is addressed: Talk about it.   So says Charlotte Wethington of Transitions, Inc. treatment center in Bellevue and mother of Casey, who died of a heroin overdose. She was one of several speakers at a community update...