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New Involuntary Commitment Laws Threaten Drug Users

Posted under Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio

While many states have had laws in place for some time that allow short term involuntary commitment of drug users, the time they can be held against their will is generally limited. But the laws are getting more stringent and the time allowed for commitment longer and longer. Many people will also find themselves spending that time in private prisons that are hurting for customers. more…

Help for Opioid Addicts in Rural Central Appalachia

Posted under Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia

What do you do when you live in a rural area, are broke, living more or less hand-to-mouth, have no job or one that causes constant pain and injury, don’t have health insurance or don’t think you do, are certain that life will never get better and you don’t have a clue what to do to make it so – if you even still think of that kind of thing – and you’re addicted to painkillers or heroin and there no drug rehab or other real help available? Unfortunately, this is the plight of many people in rural central Appalachia – Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. It’s a mess. But U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is trying to get you help – and right now he’s focusing on rural central Appalachia. more…

Kentucky Insurance Companies Fueling Prescription Addiction

Posted under Kentucky

The insurance companies in Kentucky have had more than a little to do with the State’s prescription painkiller addiction epidemic. Over 1,000 Kentuckians die every year from drug overdoses, and every year about 1,000 babies are born addicted and have to go through withdrawal, which could take several months. Addia Wuchner, a Republican State Rep in the 66th district since 2005, has introduced a bill that will require insurance companies to cover medications that could help enormously. more…

How to Get 7 Million People off Drugs – Including Family and Friends

Posted under Drug Rehab, Kentucky, Tennessee, Treatment, West Virginia

drug free tatooKentucky can’t seem to get a break. First it was the hardest hit State when drug maker Purdue Pharma lied to doctors and patients about the addictive nature of OxyContin, and now, along with West Virginia and Tennessee, it’s facing a huge outbreak of Hepatitis B. 75 percent of the Hep B cases are attributed to injecting drugs.

From 2009 to 2013, the Hep B cases increased by 114 percent, while Hep B in the rest of the country was stable. For the last four of those years, 75 percent of the cases were related to injection drugs. more…

Heroin Addicts Leaving Jail for Immediate Rehab

Posted under Drug Rehab, Heroin, Kentucky

guy-in-prison-123-sneppI love it when things are direct and uncomplicated. In Kenton County, Kentucky – where the heroin addiction problem is very serious – they’ve started a new program that is getting heroin addicts out of jail and through rehab. And it’s remarkably successful. more…

Kentuckians Finally Getting Help with Prescription Drugs

Posted under Drug Addiction, Kentucky, Prescription Drugs, West Virginia

Help is on the way for the Kentuckians who are still coping with prescription painkiller addiction – an epidemic that started over a decade ago when Purdue Pharma lied about OxyContin’s addiction potential. For many Kentuckians, the battle is still raging, partially because the State has had such a shortage of treatment centers. But, thanks to more…

Good News for those Needing Prescription Drug Addiction Help in Kentucky

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Kentucky, Prescription Drugs

Now that more people in Kentucky are dying from prescription drug abuse and addiction than from car wrecks, lawmakers and a lot of other people are desperate to find ways to get the situation under control. Having more addiction help facilities and treatment programs available is one very good thing, but there’s a lot more more…

900 Percent Increase in People Seeking Addiction Help in Kentucky

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Kentucky, Prescription Drugs

In the last 10 years, the number of people trying to get into a Kentucky drug rehab facility has increased by 900 percent. In 2010 alone, nearly 26,000 people were admitted to addiction help centers. But so many more people need help – 26,000 is just a drop in the bucket. Kentucky has one of more…

Addiction Help in Kentucky Can Help the Growing Prescription Drug Epidemic

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Kentucky, Prescription Drugs, Tranquilizers, Xanax

”Kentucky leads the nation in the non-medical prescription drug use, especially when it comes to pain relievers and tranquilizers.” According to a recent report from WAVE 3, one in ten Kentucky high school seniors uses prescription drugs at least monthly. With a population of 290,000 kids in the state between the ages of 14 and more…