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Gov. Beshear announces six new regional vaccination sites and other vaccine options

Gov. Andy Beshear announced six new regional vaccination sites across the Commonwealth and said vaccines will now also be available at mobile clinics, 10 Kroger stores, 15 Walmart stores and 125 pharmacies, including Walgreens and Good Neighbor independent pharmacies. In total, there are more than 150 vaccination sites in Kentucky, in addition to local health department vaccination programs. “We...

Governor reports 1,003 cases, 40 deaths, 7.78% positivity; vaccines coming to Walgreens

As new cases continue to decline, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is working to address equitable vaccine access. Beshear reported 1,003 cases, 40 deaths and a positivity rate of 7.78%. Fayette reported 69 cases. “One thing to note when you look at the vaccine demographic data. We have more individuals in long-term care under 70 than I had ever imagined,” said Gov. Beshear. “With that said,...

Database shows Kentucky ranked second for most legal pain pills per person between 2006 and 2012

Between 2006 and 2012, drug companies distributed 76 billion doses of prescription pain medicine, “enough pills to supply every adult and child in the country with 36 each year,” Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich reported in The Washington Post. And rural counties, especially in Appalachia, received some of the highest shares of pain pills per person. That’s according to...

Beshear wins fight to keep four opioid lawsuits in Kentucky courts; updates available online

In an effort to halt the drug epidemic in Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing seven opioid manufacturers and distributors that have fueled and profited from the state’s opioid crisis – and now he is asking Kentuckians to follow each case by visiting ag.ky.gov. Andy Beshear Beshear’s office announced its ongoing commitment to transparency with the website at a South Louisville Opioid...

Beshear sues Walgreens as pharmacy, distributor; claims company failed to report flood of pills into KY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. Beshear Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to...