It is a frightening reminder of the dangers of opioids. A Nicholasville police officer had to spend hours in the hospital this weekend after coming into contact with drugs so toxic even a small dose can be lethal.
A pharmaceutical company with strong connections to Eastern Kentucky is being penalized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the D.E.A. for negligence that they say directly contributed to the area's opioid epidemic.
Federal prosecutors say McKesson Corp. has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations that the drug wholesaler failed to detect and report pharmacies' suspicious orders of prescription pain pills.
Attorneys general from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia led a conference of health care professionals, faith-based groups and others aimed at eliminating substance abuse in their communities on Thursday in Huntington, West Virginia.
On March 11, the Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M Burwell announced the Health Resources and Services Administration will be funding 5 health centers in Kentucky, with a $1.84 million budget.