On Monday, approximately 1,000 students at Henderson County High School will hear about the consequences of prescription drug abuse. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Van Ingram, Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, will speak to students.
Ingram told WKU Public Radio that an alarming number of teens have been experimenting with prescription medications in the state and region. He says that experimentation is especially dangerous because many young people are taking medications that may interact with other pills they have taken. State officials in Kentucky say autopsy results from those dying from prescription overdose frequently find that a "cocktail" mixture of pills.
Some new regulations for mold remediation companies are being implemented in Kentucky. The changes, which were announced by Attorney General Jack Conway Friday morning in Frankfort, are part of a law designed to improve consumer protection in the state.
A written mold assessment and remediation plan must now be given to a customer before entering into a contract. That plan will now have to state how the source of moisture causing the mold will be remedied or managed.
Kentucky health officials say flu cases are being seen earlier this year. State epidemiologist Dr. Kraig Humbaugh says it's hard to predict if that could mean a more severe flu season or if we'll reach peak season earlier. "We've already reached what we call a regional level of flu activity in the state and that's one level away from widespread and that's the highest category," explains Humbaugh.
Flu season in Kentucky typically peaks in January or February. The earliest flu activity this season was reported in August in eastern Kentucky. Dr. Humbaugh says the number of statewide cases has climbed over the past few weeks.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of six months.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington has denied the government's request to rehear a challenge to a controversial tobacco packaging requirement. Tobacco companies have challenged the requirement that they must post large, graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment after the ruling. The government now has a 90 day period to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. In August of this year, a three-judge panel had affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked the Food and Drug Administration requirement.
The number of fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee is rising again. Four more infections related to a tainted batch of spinal steroids have been reported in the Volunteer State. The number of known fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee now stands at 88 according to data compiled by the state Health Department.
A man who owned pain clinics in Florida and Ohio has pleaded guilty in Kentucky to a federal charge of conspiracy to launder money. The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement that 38-year-old Jody L. Robinson of Portsmouth, Ohio, entered the plea in federal court in Covington.
Law enforcement officials in Kentucky say they are becoming increasingly concerned by the theft of medications from elderly patients. Although exact numbers on the drugs being taken aren't available at this point, Van Ingram of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says such reports are coming from across the Commonwealth.
A panel created to review child deaths and severe abuse or neglect cases will have access only to files that have been redacted. The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal report the announcement on at the group's first meeting caused concern from some members, such as Sen. Julie Denton, who said it might be difficult for the commission to accomplish its purpose.