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Overdose deaths in Louisville nearly double
Louisville's heroin and opioid crisis is continuing to worsen with suspected overdose deaths nearly doubling. Suspected overdose deaths jumped to 86 from January through April 11, compared to 46 during the same period last year, said Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for the Louisville Metro Police Department. more

Scott County Indiana sees no new HIV cases in 3 straight months, sparking renewal of needle exchange
At a time when the area is seeing a major decrease in new HIV cases, the Scott County Needle Exchange Program has been approved for another year. After a large number of HIV cases in Austin over the last few years, there have been no new cases in three straight months. more

West Virginia lawmakers back more addiction treatment
With more than 30,000 West Virginians already in drug treatment, lawmakers struggling with the state's addiction crisis have voted to spend $24 million from recent court settlements with opioid distributors to increase inpatient beds. more

4 Questions You Face When Addressing Addiction With A Loved One
Breaching the topic of addiction or substance use can feel overwhelming when it’s your loved who needs help. But knowing you (and your family) are not alone in the journey toward a life free from addiction can help. more

Treat opioid addiction with resources, not rhetoric
Little is known about the Trump administration's plan to end this public health epidemic of opioid abuse, apart from the creation of a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. So far, the White House has only said that the commission will produce a report and look for federal funding mechanisms. more

The long run: Emmitsburg man, recovering addict to run in Boston Marathon with national addiction recovery charity
While most participants in the Boston Marathon have been training for months, Emmitsburg resident Korey Shorb didn’t even know he’d be running until February, just two months before the race. more

Lawmakers override Bevin's veto of mental health law
FRANKFORT, Ky.—The General Assembly on Wednesday overturned Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of a mental health law known as Tim's Law — and also overrode Bevin vetoes of three other measures including a bill to regulate drones and a resolution to name highways. But it was Senate Bill 91, or Tim's Law, that provoked the greatest excitement among spectators, triggering a joyous celebration among supporters who watched from the gallery as the Senate acted first to reject the governor's veto by a vote of 35-1.The House followed, voting 91-0 to overturn the veto. more

Drug overdoses help send more Kentuckians to an early grave, new report says
The premature death rate improved in 12 Kentucky counties between 1997 and 2014 but got worse in 44 counties, in part because of increasing drug overdoses, according to a report released Wednesday. Abuse of prescription drugs such as OxyContin helped drive up the rate of overdose deaths in the state by 296 percent from 2000 to 2010. more

Christie back in the spotlight amid Trump push to fight drug addiction
After spending some time away from the national spotlight, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was back at the White House Wednesday as he took the lead in President Trump’s fight against the opioid addiction crisis. More

Greatest rise in heroin use was among white people, study says
The numbers are startling -- in 2015, 52,404 people died from drug overdoses according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixty-three percent of those deaths involved an opioid. more

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