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March 26, 2018

...Still lacking in most counties judged vulnerable to disease outbreaks from IV drug use

 In 2016 the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed 220 U.S. counties most at risk to outbreaks of HIV or hepatitis C as a result of intravenous drug use. In 2016 the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed 220 U.S. counties most at risk to outbreaks of HIV or hepatitis C as a result of intravenous drug use.

By Al Cross
Kentucky Health News

 

{EDITOR'S NOTE} Lawrence Co. Fiscal court members are scheduled ON THE AGENDA  to vote on the NEEDLE EXCHANGE issue at tomorrow's extended March meeting. The court's approval is necessary for the needle/exchange program, (already funded at no extra cost for Lawrence Co. taxpayers), to be implemented.} 

 

Kentucky has long ranked high among the states in the number of counties. Now it leads the nation in the number of local syringe-exchange programs, according to the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. But most of the counties deemed most vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV or hepatitis C due to intravenous drug use have not approved exchanges.

Forty-five of the state's 120 counties have approved syringe exchanges "in an effort to link people to treatment and improve overall public health," the cabinet says in a report on a recent syringe-exchange summit held by its Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. The summit included people from counties without exchanges, to "help them, support them, encourage them in getting a syringe-exchange program going," said Dr. Ardis Hoven, the department's medical consultant.

"It's not just about the needle," Hoven said. "It's about folks getting tested for HIV and hepatitis C; it's about getting folks into care if they're positive for HIV or hepatitis C. It's also about getting those individuals with substance-abuse disorder into treatment . . . and we know that happens five times more frequently if they're engaged in a syringe-exchange program."

State Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley said the exchanges are a better alternative than arrest and prosecution. "There's nothing more devastating than continuing to use a criminal-justice hammer to address a public-health nightmare," he said. "You exacerbate the problems the individual already has . . . When you entangle somebody in the criminal-justice system, you increase the likelihood that they'll not recover."

In 2016 the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed 220 U.S. counties most at risk to outbreaks of HIV or hepatitis C as a result of intravenous drug use. Of those counties, 54 are in Kentucky, and 26 of them have approved syringe exchanges. Approval is required by the county health board, fiscal court and legislative body of the city where the exchange is to be located. Here's a map from the cabinet:

Posted by Al Cross at 4:18 PM

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Kentucky Health News is an independent news service of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky, with support from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

 

March 23, 2018

Murder investigation opened in Warfield killings, woman in critical condition

 

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) (WYMT)-- UPDATE 3/24/18 

TWO VICTIMS OF MARTIN COUNTY SHOOTING IDENTIFIED

Two of the victims from the scene in Martin County have been identified.

Micah Sammons (20) from the Kimper area and, Derek L. James (26) from Huddy, both in Pike County.

Officials with KSP said the third individual, Amber Lockard, 31, of Huddy, remained listed in the hospital in critical condition, as of Monday. 

The statement from KSP said the investigation is ongoing and being led by Det. Sykes. KSP Post 9 Public Affairs Officer Trooper William Petry said Monday that detectives had been on-site collecting evidence and conducting interviews since the incident on Friday.

More information is expected on the investigation, and will be released as it develops.

ORIGINAL STORY

Two people are dead and a third person was taken to the hospital after a shooting in Martin County, Ky.

It is now being called a murder investigation.

KSP says they received a call of three bodies being found on a strip mine road off of Route 292 just inside Martin County across the Pike County line at around 1:30 PM on Friday, March 23rd, 2018.

A teenager at the scene tells WSAZ that Friday afternoon he was traveling with his uncle to an old strip mine site to look at his uncle's cattle. When they got to the site, the teen says they spotted three bodies on the ground.

The teen says they were not the first to arrive and someone else called 911.

Troopers say one person was alive when they got on scene. That victim was taken to South Williamson ARH.

Kentucky State Police, the Pike County Sheriff's Office, and the Martin County Sheriff's Office are at the scene.

It is unclear whether the shooter is still on the run or among those shot.

Other details including the names of the victims are unavailable at this time.

 

Two people are dead and one has been transported to South Williamson ARH. The incident happened right off of 292. We will keep you updated on @WOWK13NewsTwo people are dead and one has been transported to South Williamson ARH. The incident happened right off of 292. We will keep you updated on @WOWK13News

 

 

March 23, 2018

Two inmates walked off the job during a work detail for Johnson County, BSRDC F.D. "Pete" Fitzpatrick administrator said in a release late Thursday.

 

"...On this date, March 22, 2018 at 3:30 PM., I was notified by Johnson County Jailer Doug Saylor that two of the four work release inmates absconded from his custody and that he was unable to locate them.

The two inmates were Jeremy R. Boggs, left, 30 and Brian E. Olson 23, both inmates are from Elliott County in Sandy Hook, KY.The two inmates were Jeremy R. Boggs, left, 30 and Brian E. Olson 23, both inmates are from Elliott County in Sandy Hook, KY.The two inmates were Jeremy R. Boggs, 30 and Brian E. Olson 23, both inmates are from Elliott County in Sandy Hook, KY.

Jeremy Boggs is 5’9” tall, weighs 165 lbs. with brown hair and hazel eyes and a fair complexion. Brian Olson is 5’8” tall, weighs 198 lbs., Brown hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion. Olson also has tattoos on both arms of his last name accompanied by a peace sign.

The inmates were signed out of custody of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center at 8:20 AM and had been participating in a litter collecting initiative on route 201 near Sitka at the time of their escape.

The two inmates are believed to have been picked up by an unknown accomplice after separating themselves from the work detail."

F. D. Pete Fitzpatrick, Administrator

 

There has been no news of the capture of the two escapees or what law enforcement agency is looking for them this morning.