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AG: Data reveals how company flooded Kentucky with opioids

Kentucky's Attorney General's Office says an unsealed court document shows how one drug-maker flooded the state with opioids.

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids.

1 drug company announces details of $5M opioid settlement

The drug company Allergan says its $5 million payments divided between two Ohio counties.

Lexington Mayor called out during community meeting

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton was called out Tuesday night during B.U.I.L.D.'s annual Nehemiah Action Assembly, a gathering of about 2,000 people from 26 congregations, working toward making Lexington safer and healthier.

60 people nabbed in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

The federal Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force crackdown includes defendants in at least seven states, including Kentucky.

Kentucky lawsuits against opioid makers moving forward in court

​​Four lawsuits against opioid makers and distributors are moving forward in court, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. 
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Two plead guilty to distributing opioids that caused deadly overdoses

Two people in separate cases both pleaded guilty Monday to distributing opioids that resulted in deadly overdoses.
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Bevin, Beshear argue about opioid lawsuits in court

The Kentucky Supreme Court has heard arguments about whether the governor can cancel a contract awarded by the state attorney general.
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Lexington addiction recovery community will get federal dollars

Thursday, co-founders and board members of Lexington addiction recovery community, Voices of Hope, celebrated a federal grant with Congressman Andy Barr and Van Ingram, Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. 

Psychology professors present panel on opioids in Appalachia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall University psychology professors will present a panel discussion on the opioid problem in Appalachia. The event is open to the...

Physician convicted of improper prescribing gets 4 years

Roy D. Reynolds was sentenced to four years for illegal distribution of opiods and other controlled substances.

Feds change rule so drugmakers must justify need for opioids

DEA to require drugmakers to identify a legitimate need for opioids to justify their production.
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Kentucky seeks relief as autopsy requests surge

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials have partnered with the state's two largest universities to handle the increasing number of autopsy requests because of...

New unused drug disposal program aims to stop addiction

Unused prescriptions can now be dropped off at some CVS pharmacy locations around the state.

Federal money for opioid crisis a small step forward

Congress is putting record funding into the fight against the nation's deepening opioid drug crisis.
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Opioid overdose bill goes to Senate

Those who overdose on opioid drugs would be immediately detained by first responders and taken to a hospital under a bill that has passed the House.
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Beshear sues pharmaceutical distributor for ‘flooding’ Kentucky with opioids

AG Andy Beshear filed suit Monday, against a national opioid distributor for allegedly, directly contributing to the state's drug epidemic.

Kentucky AG blames politics for delay of contract

Kentucky's Democratic attorney general says his efforts to sue companies that make powerfully addictive opioid-based painkillers have been stymied by the administration of the state's Republican governor.
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Beshear announces effort to combat opioid overdoses

Kentucky's attorney general has sued a pharmaceutical company he says directly contributed to more than 190 opioid overdose deaths in the state.
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Ex-Kentucky clinic doctor charged with fraud

A grand jury has charged a northeastern Kentucky doctor with defrauding Medicaid and illegally prescribing an addiction-treatment drug.

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