We are so excited about our new clinic! Ethan Health is expanding and we have a new location in Burlington, Ky. We will offer outpatient, intensive outpatient, peer support, case management, individual and group therapy services. We are excited about our growth and we look forward to serving our new clients of Boone County.
The state of Kentucky is suing Walgreens, arguing that the pharmacy giant used “unlawful business practices” to fuel the state’s opioid crisis, CNN Money reports.
State Attorney General Andy Beshear claims that the retailer not only filled “massive” and “suspicious” orders of opioids, but failed to report those same orders to authorities.
Needle Exchange Programs are controversial but beneficial to our public health and safety. Today I met with our local Health Department staff to discuss partnership of community outreach projects. We were discussing an HIV awareness campaign in June and during that conversation I was truly educated on some interesting facts regarding the Needle Exchange Program. Needle Exchange Program participants have been found five times more likely to enter drug treatment than those who had never used an exchange. NEPs throughout the country have reduced HIV transmission rates by one-third to two-fifths. Although, all of us wish there wasn't a need for clean needles, there is. NEP do not promote drug use, they promote education and public safety.
While opioids continue to wreak havoc in the state of Kentucky, where overdose deaths among residents and non-residents in certain counties is five times the national level, one region finds itself under assault from another illicit substance: methamphetamine.
When authorities cracked down on prescription opioids, the hope was that opioid-related fatalities would decrease. But when their prescription opioid supply was cut off, many of those struggling with prescription opioid use turned instead to the black market, a new study says.
Dr. James Patrick Murphy, former president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society,told the Louisville Courier Journal that the tax would be immoral. "If it was cancer patients, or heart medicine, they would never do it," Murphy said. "It's so offensive.”
He added that the tax could increase stigma that people who need opioids to cope with pain already deal with. "They already feel they're being made the scapegoats of this problem," he said.
Ninety percent of Perez's employees have some sort of addiction in their past, within the last two years. Week by week, just like the employees, the business is getting better. And that's just what Perez said his employees need to see. "It's amazing what a little bit of success, building your self-respect, could do by just working hard and being good at what you do," he said.
In Northern Kentucky, the Angel Program is also seeing initial success, noted Kelly Pompilio, a police social worker with the City of Alexandria.
The Angel Initiative is modeled after a program started in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in June 2015. One year after inception, Glocester had referred more than 450 people into treatment and saw a 33 percent reduction in its property crime rates.
“We want to make [Uber] accessible to patients whether they’re familiar with Uber or not,” Chris Weber, general manager of Uber Health, told CNN.
Every year, 3.6 million Americans miss medical appointments because they don’t have transportation. Missed appointments cost the medical system more than $150 billion a year. Uber, and its U.S. competitor Lyft, want to chip away at the problem.
Flu season is here and we are all feeling it. We want to prevent the spread of the flu virus. If you have been diagnosed with flu, please contact the clinic and we can reschedule your appointment. It is recommended that you avoid the public until you have taken Tamiflu for 2 days or when you have no symptoms and you have been free of a fever for 24 hours.