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Wolfe County extension celebrates addiction recovery stories: ‘Drugs do not discriminate’

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Recovering from drug addiction can take many years with many bumps in the road along the way, as Wolfe County resident Dena Brooks can attest. Brooks has been in recovery for nearly six years. Today, she stays busy raising her daughter and working as the director of the Wolfe County senior citizens center. “My life is finally where it should be now,” she said....

Health advocates offer tips for getting reluctant local governments to approve syringe exchange programs

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky leads the nation in syringe exchanges for drug users, as a way to prevent the spread of disease, but local officials in some counties at risk of disease outbreaks from intravenous drug use have resisted pleas from experts to allow exchanges. At a public-health panel discussion at the University of Kentucky, advocates of the exchanges shared some advice...