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PNS Daily Newscast - December 18, 2018 


Senate reports detail Russian influence via social media on the 2016 election. Also on Tuesday's rundown: North Carolina jurors reject the death penalty for a second consecutive year; and Medicaid expansion proves important to rural Kentuckians.

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Public News Service - KY: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Intravenous drug use spurred by the opioid epidemic is increasing the rise of infectious diseases. (Pixabay)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As health, business and community leaders in Kentucky continue their work to combat the opioid epidemic, they'll take an even deeper dive into the problem at an upcoming event. In recent years, the state has limited painkiller prescriptions and joined a lawsuit against drug

Health experts say drug use alters brain function, causing sometimes long-lasting changes that result in harmful behavior. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Experts say fighting drug addiction takes more than willpower - a message that new data shows many Kentuckians understand. The latest Kentucky Health Issues poll found seven in 10 adults in the state believe addiction is a disease, regardless of whether they had firsthand ex

Leaders in the fight against Kentucky's escalating opioid crisis gather in Lexington to talk solutions. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As Kentucky continues to face an opioid crisis longer and more severe than in most states, experts are pushing for community-generated solutions. Approximately 350 policymakers and health advocates sold out the 15th annual Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum Monday i

A new report shows Medicaid expansion in Kentucky has led to a huge spike in treatment of substance abuse, but the prescription opioid problem is still increasing. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the more than 400,000 Kentuckians covered by Medicaid expansion, treatment services for substance abuse have increased markedly, according to a new report. The head of the health organization that commissioned the report says while that's good, the bad news is the state

Support is strong in all geographic regions of Kentucky for a statewide smoke-free law according to the latest poll data. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Policies that lead to decreased smoking rates are now garnering strong support in all five regions of the Bluegrass State, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The survey found two-thirds of Kentuckians favor a statewide law prohibiting smoking indoors in most pub

Support is holding firm among Kentuckians for a statewide smoke-free law, according to new polling numbers. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILE, Ky. - A new Kentucky Health Issues poll shows two thirds of the state's adults favor a statewide smoke-free law. The General Assembly has repeatedly rejected bills that would prohibit smoking in all public places and workplaces leaving protections from secondhand smoke up to local commun

Advocates call for a statewide, smoke-free law to protect Kentucky's children from secondhand smoke. (Credit: Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one-third of Kentucky is covered by local smoke-free laws, prohibiting smoking indoors in public places. But what about the rest of the state? Children's advocates are pushing for a statewide smoke-free law, claiming in a new issue brief it would be a "win" for children, in

PHOTO: You would have to smoke outdoors only, while at work or in public places, if a bill now before the Kentucky Legislature passes. This is the fifth year it has been introduced. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - For the fifth year in a row, a bill is before state lawmakers that would prohibit smoking indoors in all workplaces and public places. With the 2015 General Assembly resuming this week, Ed Shemelya, who retired after 30 years with the State Police, wants lawmakers to hear his stor

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