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Recent Kentucky Legislative News
Issues for 2018 Legislative Session
• Opioid Response Funding - Governor’s Budget Initiatives and Attorney General General’s legislation announced today that would devote lawsuit settlement funds to SUD Treatment with new board determining where it goes. Beshear, Lawmakers Want Permanent Fund for Drug Treatment
• HB124 - HB124 will likely pass, we are watching closely…/bill/18RS/HB124/HCS1.pdf (This will impact us all and how we conduct business).
• MCO Reform - There is no consensus bill filed yet.
• Medically Assisted Treatment - HB246 was filed late this afternoon by Danny Bentley who is a pharmacist.
1115 Waiver
• SUD Treatment should be considered “community engagement.”
• People with SUD should fall under “medically frail” definition. We want 2-year determination versus 6 months if possible to allow for effective treatment.

Indiana drug czar visits Clark County to learn about drug epidemic
Jim McClelland visited southern Indiana to learn more about the drug epidemic there. He toured the site of the county's needle exchange program, as well as the LifeSpring Turning Point Center. While there, McClelland talked with health officials, prosecutors and police officers about what they are doing to address the problem. more (Video)

Settlement Talks in Massive Federal Opioid Suit Begin Today in Cleveland
The goal is impressive: Hammer out a legal deal that starts guiding the nation out of an epidemic of opioid addiction. How and when that can happen, if at all, is the subject of talks scheduled to begin Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Cleveland. The judge is bringing together lawyers for governments across the country, drugmakers, distributors and others to start the conversation. Because the aim is to broker a settlement, the judge has closed the discussions to the public and media. more

How to avoid opioid addiction after surgery
Following surgery, many patients head home with prescriptions for 30 or more opioid painkillers—enough to trigger addiction, warns a leading group of anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists recommends using prescription painkillers sparingly, if at all, after surgery. "Nobody needs a prescription for 30 or 50 opioids, and even those who are in major pain and may benefit should only take them for a day or two," said Dr. James Grant, society president. more

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