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Governor Steve Beshear Signs Opioid Overdose Prevention Law

Monday, April 22, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melissa Moody
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April 2013 (News Release) According to the Centers for Disease Control the Commonwealth of Kentucky has one of the highest drug poisoning rates in the U.S. at roughly 22 deaths/100,000 citizens. Opioid pain medications and heroin are responsible for roughly two-thirds of the mortality with a rate of 15 deaths/100,000 citizens. Political and medical leaders have attempted to address many issues related to drug abuse and overdose. This communiqué announces an additional opioid harm reduction strategy – increasing access to the pain medicine antidote naloxone.

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