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Acute Hepatitis A Outbreak – Cases Reported in Multiple Counties

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky.

In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) Hepatitis A  have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 percent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years.  Twenty-two cases Continue reading Acute Hepatitis A Outbreak – Cases Reported in Multiple Counties

KYTC urges holiday travelers to check vehicles for open recalls

As holiday preparations occupy the thoughts of Kentuckians, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) urges travelers to add an important task to their to-do lists to stay safe on the road: check for unrepaired vehicle recalls. By visiting www.CheckToProtect.org, drivers can conduct a free search for open recalls on their specific car using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). A search using the vehicle’s year, make and model yields a list of potential open recalls. Authorized dealers will repair recalls for free. Continue reading KYTC urges holiday travelers to check vehicles for open recalls

Rep. Stan Lee Pre-Files Bill to Open Oxygen Chambers to Vets with Brain Injuries

Rep. Stan Lee

Today, Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, pre-filed BR 278, the “Colonel Ron Ray Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act.” The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, would open up Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) to military veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and would come at no cost to taxpayers.

BR 278 is the result of Mrs. Eunice Ray, the wife of Colonel Ronald D. Ray who was the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Continue reading Rep. Stan Lee Pre-Files Bill to Open Oxygen Chambers to Vets with Brain Injuries

Beshear: Opioid Manufacturer Must Answer for Choosing Profits over Our People

Andy Beshear

In the height of our battle against the abuse of OxyContin, an irresponsible drug company introduced an equally if not more dangerous drug to the market – Opana IR and Opana ER (both oxymorphone).

By 2012, the abuse of Opana ER (extended release) nationally surpassed the abuse of OxyContin, and over the following years, there were four times as many incidents of intentional abuse of Opana ER than OxyContin. Continue reading Beshear: Opioid Manufacturer Must Answer for Choosing Profits over Our People

Beshear Joins AGs to Urge Repeal of Federal Law Hampering Law Enforcement in Opioid Battle

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking Congress to repeal a federal law that effectively strips law enforcement of its ability to immediately halt drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the oversupply of opioids in Kentucky communities.

Beshear said as the Commonwealth is in the midst of a tragic opioid epidemic, law enforcement like the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) must be empowered and not impeded. Continue reading Beshear Joins AGs to Urge Repeal of Federal Law Hampering Law Enforcement in Opioid Battle

Beshear to Offer Training on Investigating, Prosecuting Campus Sexual Assaults

Andy Beshear

The training, Nov. 15-17 at Kentucky State University, William Exum Center, 400 East Main St., Frankfort, is for teams of law enforcement, prosecutors and advocates. Beshear will welcome participants to the training at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

“Campus sexual assault is far more common than most people realize,” Beshear said. “While one in five women and one in 16 men were sexually assaulted while in college, in 2015 only 36 sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement on Kentucky’s public university campuses.” Continue reading Beshear to Offer Training on Investigating, Prosecuting Campus Sexual Assaults

Beshear, Partners: Kentucky’s Tourism, Hospitality Industry Pledging to Fight Human Trafficking

Andy Beshear

Criminals who use Kentucky hotel rooms to carry out human trafficking crimes could soon be identified and reported by hotel staff thanks to a new training initiative unveiled today by Attorney General Andy Beshear and key partners.

The training called, “See Something – Say Something – Save a Life!” is the state’s first coordinated effort that encourages Kentucky hotel owners to sign a pledge to have their front line staff complete an online human trafficking training.

Continue reading Beshear, Partners: Kentucky’s Tourism, Hospitality Industry Pledging to Fight Human Trafficking

Beshear Urges Kentucky Victims of Fraud Involving Western Union to File Claims

Andy Beshear

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company.

An estimated 7,000 Kentuckians are eligible for roughly $6.7 million in claims.

Kentuckians who reported to Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission or Beshear’s office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, should receive a claim form in the mail.

Continue reading Beshear Urges Kentucky Victims of Fraud Involving Western Union to File Claims

Saint Joseph Berea Names New President

Terry Deis

KentuckyOne Health has named Terrence G. Deis as the new president of Saint Joseph Berea, effective immediately.

This is an expanded leadership role for Deis, who has served as president at Saint Joseph London since 2015. He will remain president in London, but also assume that role at both Saint Joseph Berea and Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. Continue reading Saint Joseph Berea Names New President

You are the Center of Your Diabetes Care Team

 In recognition of World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, the Kentucky Department Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Families Services (CHFS) is bringing attention to diabetes and its impact on  hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians.

Diabetes is a common, lifelong medical condition where the body does not make or properly use insulin. One in 8 – or 13.1 percent – Continue reading You are the Center of Your Diabetes Care Team