As part of the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program, state Attorney General Jack Conway and Van Ingram, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, will talk with Union County High School students Monday. Prescription drug abuse has become a very serious problem across the Commonwealth, and state officials are trying to increase public awareness about the dangers associated with that abuse.
In the Weekly Republican Address, U-S Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell today called for the repeal of President Obama's healthcare reform law. Speaking just days before the U-S Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the law, the lawmaker from Louisville said the bill the White House backed has "made things worse." McConnell did note that the President was right to join a call for health care reform,but he criticized the Obama plan for leading to higher costs and premiums.
After a week of negotiations, the House Judiciary Committee has passed an amended version of a bill that would regulate pseudoephedrine. The drug—often called PSE—is a key ingredient in allergy medicines, but it is also used to make methamphetamine. In the fight against meth, lawmakers have long debated various proposals to control PSE.
A Federal Appeals Court has upheld a law that requires new, bigger graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. The Associated Press reports that the ruling relates to one of two suits by tobacco companies against the Federal rules that would require them to place large images on cigarette packs, depicting health ravages of smoking. The suit that prompted today's decision was filed in Kentucky.
Brad Rodu says it's time for the public health community to re-think how it looks at the smoking debate in this country. Rodu is head of the Tobacco Harm Reduction effort at the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He says for too long the smoking issue has come down to an all-or-nothing wager: smokers are told they either have to give up cigarettes, or keep smoking and die.
An Adair County native and a former member of President Bill Clinton's Senior Staff will be the new Secretary for Kentucky's Cabinet of Health and Family Services. Governor Beshear says Audrey Haynes will start her new role as Cabinet Secretary on April 16th.
A proposal for a Kentucky statewide smoking ban has cleared its first hurdle. The House Health and Welfare committee passed the bill today. The measure was expected to pass easily, but a few Republicans did vote against the measure because of concern for individual property rights.
Several healthcare groups have come together in a public-private partnership to fight cancer in Kentucky. The newly-formed Kentucky Cancer Foundation is part of a two-million-dollar initiative to help uninsured Kentuckians get cancer screenings.