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Hemp advocates angry at federal felon ban — but states already impose barriers.
The Senate farm bill would bar people convicted of drug felonies from growing hemp — but some states already go further than that. In some cases states bar those with drug-related misdemeanors as well. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has led the Senate effort to make it easier to grow legal hemp, represents a state that bars anyone convicted of any felony or any drug-related misdemeanor from securing a hemp license for 10 years after the conviction. more

Report reveals how many Kentuckians died from drug overdoses
A new report shows how many Kentuckians died in 2017 because of a drug overdose. The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says 1,565 people died as a result of overdoses. This is an 11.5 percent increase from 2016 when 1,468 people died. more

KSP Announces Partnership With Passport For Fentanyl Response Kits
Kentucky State Police have announced a new partnership with Passport to receive Fentanyl Response Kits. KSP applied for the grant to purchase protection kits for their officers who may come into contact with the deadly substance. more

Keeping Families Together As Mothers Undergo Recovery: A New Approach To Drug Dependency
A day after her son Asher was born, state social workers paid a visit to Amber Johnson in the hospital. She had tested positive for meth, marijuana and painkillers during her pregnancy and, fearful she would lose her son, told them about her addiction. more

Consumers flooded with dubious claims about marijuana’s health benefits
Spend a few minutes surfing Twitter and you’re likely to encounter a startling claim that comes without proof: Cannabis cures cancer. The online world is awash with such posts, startling scientists and physicians who are urging marijuana proselytizers to hit the brakes. more

Battling the despair of opioid addiction in an unexpected place
Kenton County, KY jail. Sam Hall sat on his narrow bed, his thin frame propped up against the concrete wall, periodically glancing up from a well-worn paperback novel. He was waiting for his afternoon addiction recovery meeting to begin. more

70,000 Opioid Deaths Weren't Counted, Study Suggests
More than 70,000 opioid-related deaths were not counted in the U.S., a new study estimates, suggesting that the epidemic may be more severe than previously thought. more

Rejected by A.A.
How the 12 Step program and its decades-old philosophy are exacerbating the opioid crisis

The applause rang out in the drab meeting hall across the river from David Hockenbury’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. David’s heart was pounding, and he felt his cheeks flush under the gaze of the large group gathered there on a spring night in 2016. It had been 30 days since he had last flexed his arm, found a vein, and spiked it with a dose of heroin—and now, in a ritual common to many Alcoholics Anonymous groups, he was being called on to receive his first sobriety chip. more

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