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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - KY: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Kentucky is among the top 10 states for opioid-related deaths. (stevebp/Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The opioid epidemic is hitting closer to home than some Kentuckians might realize. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying from an opioid overdose are, for the first time, greater than the odds of dying in a car accident. The odds of dying from an opioid

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

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