Walgreens Sued By Kentucky For Alleged Role In Opioid Crisis

Walgreens Sued By Kentucky For Alleged Role In Opioid Crisis

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.

Are Needle Exchange Programs beneficial?

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. 

Kentucky Considers Opioid Tax That Raises Legal, Moral Questions

Kentucky Considers Opioid Tax That Raises Legal, Moral Questions

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. 

Serving up second chances.

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.

Kentucky State Police to pilot "The Angel Initiative"

Kentucky State Police to pilot "The Angel Initiative"

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.