April 17, 2014

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Dark reality: Northern Kentucky heroin plan will need millions of dollars over four years Print E-mail

By Terry DeMio, The Kentucky Enquirer

A solution to Northern Kentucky’s heroin epidemic won’t come cheap, a new study warns.

It will, in fact, cost at least $16 million over four years just to reduce and stabilize heroin usage, a report from the Leadership Team of the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Workgroup states.

But the cost of doing nothing could be higher.

“Right now, we have no ability to manage the patients who are addicted,” said Dr. Jeremy Engel, who spearheaded the work group in September 2012. “It’s chaos.”

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Kuster files for re-election as 18th Judicial District Judge Print E-mail

Charles W. Kuster Jr.

Charles W. Kuster Jr., has filed for re-election as judge for the 18th Judicial District. Kuster, a practicing attorney in the area since 1983, was appointed to the office by Governor Steven Beshear in June 2010 and was elected to the four-year term in November 2010.

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Health exchange enrollment tops 40,000 Kentuckians Print E-mail

Kentucky’s health exchange, kynect, continues to enroll about 1,000 Kentuckians each day into new health coverage. As of Friday, 40,572 Kentuckians are enrolled in new health insurance, and 41 percent of them are under the age of 35.

Kynect has been hailed as a national model since its launch Oct. 1 for its continuous smooth operation and easy interface for users looking for affordable health coverage, according to a news release from the governor's office.

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More than 9,000 pounds of medications collected in Kentucky during National Take Back Day Print E-mail

Kentucky collected more than 9,000 pounds of unused or unneeded medications during last Saturday’s DEA National Drug Take Back Day, eliminating their risk of being diverted and abused.

A total of 9,135 pounds were collected at Take Back events, which were held in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Kentucky, according to the Office of Drug Control Policy.  The drugs will be properly disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

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Motorists are urged to keep a watchful eye out for deer at this time of year Print E-mail

The cool weather caused by the longer nights of November have deer feeling frisky. Mating activity peaks in mid-November and increases deer movement.

Data from the Kentucky State Police shows deer and vehicle collisions are highest in November.

Motorists must pay attention while driving during this time of year, especially those traveling rural and outer suburban roads at night. Slow down and remain alert while driving, particularly in areas where woods border the road. Deer often dart out from wooded areas onto the road before a driver realizes it.

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General Conway announces continuation of keep Kentucky kids safe campaign Print E-mail

Attorney General Conway and his Keep Kentucky Kids Safe partners today announced the continuation of an initiative created to warn Kentuckians about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and remind the public of the importance of monitoring, securing and safely disposing of unneeded prescription pills.

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Ky. DOC offers free app to access VINE services Print E-mail

The Kentucky Department of Corrections is now providing a free mobile app version of its automated VINE (Victim Information Notification Every day) service. VINE is a free anonymous service that allows victims to register and be notified about changes in the status of Kentucky offenders.

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Conway urges people to be vigilant against healthcare scams Print E-mail

As thousands of Kentuckians without health insurance seek out information and shop for insurance coverage, I want to make sure that all consumers are vigilant of scams claiming to be associated with Kentucky's rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, scammers will use this opportunity to try and collect your personal and financial information.

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BBB warns: Beware of utility scam Print E-mail

Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners and business owners of a bill payment scam that is targeting utility customers.

The caller claims to be a utility company employee (LG&E, KU, or Duke Energy), telling the customer their bill is overdue, and asks for immediate bill payment by Green Dot MoneyPak Card. If the customer does not cooperate, the caller threatens to disconnect the person’s electric or natural gas service.

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Recognizing when it's time to change careers Print E-mail

Not so many ago many Americans spent their entire work-lives in the employment of just one company.  It was recognized that working hard and meeting goals almost always meant pay raises, promotions and, most importantly, job security.

But these days it's difficult to feel secure in almost any job, regardless of how well you've performed. Factors beyond your control can affect the job you're doing, or even whether that job will exist tomorrow.

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