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Justice reform bill includes behind-bars jobs
In a move applauded by both Gov. Matt Bevin and the ACLU, state officials unveiled a bill Tuesday that would make it easier for ex-convicts to get jobs and allow prisoners to do work for private companies while they are still behind bars. more

Louisville EMS slammed with 151 overdose calls
The city's top health official told some council members Wednesday that "Louisville needs to grow up" and offer more medication-assisted treatment since abstinence-based programs don't work for everyone. Some treatment programs don't allow methadone, Suboxone and Subutex to try to wean addicts off stronger drugs, said Dr. Joann Schulte, who heads the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Critics of using drugs in treatment say this method can merely substitute one addiction for another. more

Overdose numbers bring attention to naloxone training sessions
The first week of February saw another shocking number that shook the city of Louisville. MetroSafe said they have received 227 overdose calls in the span of just a week. Although those numbers aren’t all heroin overdose calls, the number is inspiring many to take matters into their own hands. more

Bevin backs limiting pain pills to 3-day supply
Gov. Matt Bevin testified Wednesday in support of a bill that would restrict some prescriptions for pain-killers to three-day supplies, saying the commonwealth has a moral obligation to take action to curb the opioid addictions afflicting Kentuckians. more

Senate approves costly hike in penalties for heroin trafficking
The Kentucky Senate wants to crack down on dealers of heroin and fentanyl, even if it means spending tens of millions more tax dollars to provide prison beds for them. more

Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains in Kentucky, study finds
A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, creating a 50 percent spike in the number of people unable to address their opioid dependence. more

City neighbors asked to fight overdoses with antidote
Neighbors in Cincinnati will be wielding the antidote for heroin overdose soon, a result of a new initiative to train them for free on the use of naloxone. City officials on Wednesday announced the training sessions on the overdose antidote. more

Virginia House panel defeats bill to shield overdose victims from prosecution
A proposal that would have shielded overdose victims from criminal prosecution when someone sought medical help to save them was struck down Wednesday in a House subcommittee over fears the move could enable drug use. more

Lawyer creates a free app to help people remove felony convictions
A Lexington lawyer has created a free app that helps people expunge lesser felony convictions. The app, called unconvicted.com, walks a former offender through a series of questions to determine whether he or she can have a conviction removed from court records as if it had never happened. more

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