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2016 Overdose Report Shows Fentanyl Driving Up Opioid Deaths

The nationwide opioid epidemic continued taking its lethal toll on the Commonwealth last year, driving up overdose deaths to unprecedented levels with an ever-stronger mix of fentanyl, heroin and prescription pills.

According to a report released today by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, fatal overdoses totaled 1,404 in 2016, a 7.4 percent increase from the previous year. Of those cases, toxicology data was Continue reading 2016 Overdose Report Shows Fentanyl Driving Up Opioid Deaths

Obamacare Isn’t Working; Senate Republicans Propose Better Care

Mitch McConnell

Seven years ago, Democrats imposed Obamacare on our country. In the years since, it has failed and hurt countless families along the way. Now, with the health plan Senate Republicans unveiled, we finally have the chance to move beyond this failed law with smarter health solutions.

Democrats said Obamacare would lower costs. It didn’t. From 2013 to 2017, Obamacare premiums have on average doubled in a Continue reading Obamacare Isn’t Working; Senate Republicans Propose Better Care

Important Reminders for Debris Removal, Floodwater Safety Issued from Department for Environmental Protection

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22, 2017) – Tropical Storm Cindy is due to blow into Kentucky this evening, and could bring with it several inches of rain and damaging winds.

Due to the damage that is possible with this storm, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) would like to remind everyone that there are specific guidelines for proper disposal of woody and vegetative debris left in the aftermath of Continue reading Important Reminders for Debris Removal, Floodwater Safety Issued from Department for Environmental Protection

FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING 6-9/6-16, 2017

REGULAR INSPECTIONS WITH NO FOLLOW-UP DUE SCORE
Subway #25236, 2161 Lexington Rd. Richmond 100%
Redi Mart #6, 2200 Lexington Rd. Richmond 96%
McDonalds #17024, 340 Glades Rd. Berea 98%
Neon Boots, 265 N. Keeneland Dr. Richmond 100%
Sonny’s BBQ, 1001 Center Dr. Richmond 98%
(Click continue reading for food inspections) Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING 6-9/6-16, 2017

Scam Alert

Andy Beshear

Deceitful Blacktop Contractors Targeting Central Kentucky Residents

Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear and Woodford County Sheriff Wayne “Tiny” Wright said a group of door-to-door blacktop contractors are targeting elderly residents in Woodford County, and possibly families in the Central Kentucky region.

Beshear said Sheriff Wright contacted his office after a Woodford County resident was pressured into overpaying contractors to seal Continue reading Scam Alert

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, the Kentucky Adult Protective Services (APS) Branch reminds Kentuckians to help guard against elder abuse.

APS, within the Department for Community Based Services in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is the state agency responsible for investigating and providing protective services to individuals that are reported to be the alleged victim of abuse, Continue reading Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Take Precautions During Fourth of July Celebration to Avoid Injuries

The Fourth of July and fireworks go hand in hand, and while bright lights and loud bursts will soon fill the air to signify the national holiday, thousands of people will spend it in the emergency room, suffering from a fireworks-related injury. For the upcoming celebration, Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, is encouraging everyone to take precautions to avoid injuries and ensure a safe holiday. Continue reading Take Precautions During Fourth of July Celebration to Avoid Injuries

KSP Warns Warmer Weather Poses Danger For Children

KSP

Temperatures are on the rise this week and KSP is warning parents not to leave a child alone in a hot car. It may seem like common sense, but every year law enforcement agencies answer calls about unattended children in vehicles. KidsandCars.org reports that 39 children died in the U.S. during 2016 from vehicular heat stroke with 11 deaths already in 2017. Continue reading KSP Warns Warmer Weather Poses Danger For Children

Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Planning for future financial needs should happen as early as possible when or before someone develops a dementia. Learn about financial issues to consider, what programs are available to help, and how to put plans in place. Guest presenters will be include Mary Crowley Schmidt of the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Angel Continue reading Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

KentuckyOne Health Encourages Summer Safety

With summer upon us, KentuckyOne Health is encouraging all Kentuckians to stay safe while enjoying outdoor activities. Many people often think of the dangers associated with swimming during summer months, but everyday activities such as gardening, mowing the lawn, grilling, and riding a bicycle or skateboard can also be dangerous – especially for children. Following safety guidelines can help avoid traumatic injury while Continue reading KentuckyOne Health Encourages Summer Safety

KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates Completes Renovation to Improve Patient Comfort and Flow

KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates has completed a renovation to upgrade its waiting room and improve patient comfort and flow, thanks to a $380,000 gift from the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health. Continue reading KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates Completes Renovation to Improve Patient Comfort and Flow

One in Three Adults in Rural Areas Have Arthritis

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is emphasizing the negative impact of arthritis on people who live in rural areas.

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that one-third of adults in rural areas have arthritis Continue reading One in Three Adults in Rural Areas Have Arthritis