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Kentucky must legalize medical marijuana in 2018, secretary of state says
Could legal medical marijuana be on the horizon in Kentucky? Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Wednesday she wants to legalize medical marijuana in the Bluegrass State by 2018. A task force, led by Grimes, will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. In a statement, Grimes said, "2018 is and must be the year when Kentucky finally steps up on medical marijuana. We have to get this done to help Kentuckians who are hurting." more

Kentucky can't find homes for its neglected children. So two groups plan merger to solve the problem
Seeking to end the cycle of disruption and institutional care for many abused and neglected children, Kentucky's largest community mental health organization plans to merge with a Louisville children's residential treatment program. On Wednesday, Centerstone, a Louisville-based regional mental health agency, and Uspiritus, which operates the Bellewood and Brooklawn centers for children with emotional and behavioral problems, announced their intent to merge, a process officials hope to complete by March. more

FDA warns against using kratom for opioid addiction
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday waded once again into the hotly contested debate over the safety of kratom, a botanical substance that advocates say can help ease pain and reduce symptoms of opioid withdrawal, but which critics say can lead to addiction and death. more

State partners with recovery congregations to tackle addiction
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is encouraging faith-based groups to tackle the addiction crisis. Monty Burks, director of faith based initiatives with TDMHSAS, has been traveling the state to speak to congregations about their role in fighting the opioid epidemic. more

'I've wasted 15 years of my life': Iraq veteran describes how prescription opioids led him to two overdoses and more than a decade of addiction
Veterans like 37-year-old Lee Westphal are twice as likely to die of an overdose as other Americans are, according to federal data. Westphal is one of the estimated 13 percent of veterans that have become addicted to opioids prescribed to them for chronic pain. more

Understanding Addiction
Donors Give Medical Students a First-Hand Look at Disease Through Program
Through the Betty Ford Center’s Summer Institute program, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center medical students and faculty have a first-hand look at what happens to those suffering from addiction, what struggles the disease brings and how the disease is treated. more

AG Beshear sues pharmaceutical company amid opioid crisis
In 2016, more than 190 Kentuckians died from a drug overdose caused by a powerful prescription opioid three times stronger than morphine. Many of those victims were service members or veterans. The drug is Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended release), manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions, against who, Attorney General Andy Beshear today filed suit for violating state law and directly contributing to these as well as other opioid related deaths and overdoses in Kentucky. more

Medical marijuana isn't medicine and it's 'wrong for Indiana,' county prosecutors say
A county prosecutor's group is strongly opposing efforts to allow medical marijuana, saying it's "wrong for Indiana" and could worsen the state's drug abuse crisis. The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys also debunked cannabis' medicinal properties. It said the Institute of Medicine concluded this year that there was "insufficient evidence" to use it to treat glaucoma, epilepsy, dementia and a host of other ailments. more

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