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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:39 AM
A report yesterday from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy underscores the dangers of fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid that is leading to more overdose deaths, often because dealers mix it with heroin and sell the lethal blend to unwitting addicts.

Fentanyl-related deaths have been on the rise across the country over the past year, and experts say many addicts are not aware they are consuming the drug. It is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin and can prove deadly at very low levels, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In Kentucky, fentanyl was a factor in 420 fatal overdoses in 2015, up from 121 in the previous year. The drug contributed to 34 percent of all overdose deaths in the state, frequently in combination with heroin or other drugs.

Overall, fatal overdoses totaled 1,248 last year, compared to 1,071 in 2014. Heroin was detected in 28 percent of cases, consistent with the previous year. However, as a total, heroin-related deaths...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 02, 2014 2:50 PM
In order to serve its members better, KHA is always striving to find new ways to keep the membership informed of the latest news and information affecting hospitals across Kentucky. To meet this goal, KHA is changing how this news is delivered.

To make sure you receive the news as it happens, KHA will now be posting stories directly to a news page on its website,www.kyha.com. The stories will be posted right away, and you will be notified via the daily KHA Health e-News e-mail anytime an article is published. There will be a link in that e-mail if you want to read the article in full. This new format will take the place of the current CEO Briefing.

If there is urgent or sensitive information, chief executive officers will receive an e-mail right away.

Finally, once a month, hospital and system chief executive officers will receive an e-mail of the most important issues on which KHA is focusing.

If you have any questions, please...
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