At a population of 756 thousand Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and the 28th most populated city in the United States. It is one of only two cities in the state of Kentucky to be designated as a first class city, the other being Lexington.
The first European settlement in what would later be called Louisville, was on Corn Island in 1778 by Col. George Rogers Clark. Two years later, in 1780, the Virginia General Assembly approved of the town charter and the city was named Louisville in honor of King Louis XVI of France who had soldiers aiding Americans in the Revolutionary War at that time.
At the time, Louisville residents lived in forts to protect themselves from Indian raids, but this ended by the late 1780s. The city's early growth was influenced by river boats having to be unloaded and moved downriver before they reached the falls and by 1828 the population had reached 7 thousand which allowed Louisville to be incorporated as an official city.
In 1875 the first Kentucky Derby was held at the Louisville Jockey Club which was later renamed Churchill Downs. It was put together by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., the grandson of William Clark (of the Lewis and Clark Expedition).
In 1890 the city underwent heavy devastation, with its downtown area nearly destroyed, when an F4 tornado went through the area killing an estimate of 74 to 120 people. The tornado was part of the middle Mississippi Valley tornado outbreak.
Federal Court Lawsuit Over Kentucky's Drug Treatment Practices:
Current Kentucky law has as a practice of forbidding opiate addicts from receiving prescribed medications while under the supervision of the criminal justice system. This has caused two law firms to team up and file a federal lawsuit against the state of Kentucky.
The plaintiff, Stephanie Watson, is a nurse who also has an opiate addiction. Her bond conditions forbid her from taking any medications such as Suboxone, Methadone or Vivitrol. The lawsuit against the state argues that such a ban violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as well as Watson's rights under the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause.
They believe that the situation is very clear and straightforward, that Watson has a medical condition that prohibits her from having a normal functioning life. This would mean that according the Americans with Disabilities Act, she would be entitled to prescribed medication while under treatment.
However the other side of the argument has very good points as well. Watson is currently undergoing criminal charges for opiate abuse and the medications she seeks through her lawsuit are themselves heavy opiates which can become highly addictive even for those that are not already addicted to one of the drugs. Knowingly allowing an opiate addict to receive more opiates could be nothing more than giving the addict the drug they are craving.
Of course denying any treatment at all would be undoubtedly a wrong action, but allowing an all natural treatment that does not use addictive drugs could be a perfect middle ground to make sure that no unlawful actions are done in regards to addicts in the criminal justice system.
Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist used as a painkiller and is in the same classification as Oxycodone and Methadone and is highly addictive. Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist and receptor in the same classification as Morphine.
New Kentucky Program Seeks to Help Drug Addicts Keep their Babies:
Babies born to drug and alcohol addicted mothers are all too often taken from their families. They then go on to live with not only the physical pain of withdrawal themselves but have to live with the sometimes lifelong pain of separation as well.
Across the nation there is a drug dependant baby born every hour and as the number of addicts rise so do the number of drug dependant babies. This tragic problem is causing states to work towards a solution. Kentucky however is gaining national recognition with its new program that helps to get mothers off of drugs and keep families together rather than send children into foster care. So far Indiana and Florida have both replicated this new program as well.
The program is called START (Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams) and it works by teaming social service workers with recovering addicts and has them work as family mentors to get moms into drug treatment and provide them support to keep the families sober and safe. It was highlighted by Casey Family Programs and experts believe it shows great promise as a model for other states to use as well.
So far the numbers are showing that children are 50 percent less likely to go into foster care if their family is part of the START program than those who are not and the cost of the program for the state is not only not budget breaking but saves them money. For every dollar that the state puts into the START program they are saving an average of $2.52 on foster care programs, this is because it costs a lot less for the state to help someone rid themselves of their addiction than it does to raise their children in a state run facility. Add to that the added benefit of Kentucky families staying together and this program looks to be a winner for the state and for any others that adopt the program as well.
Louisville Drug Rehab:
With Louisville being among the top for non medicinal use of painkillers and meth lab incidents rising 296 percent over a three year period, rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction is something that the city's residents need to start taking into consideration more often.
Louisville, as well as the entire state of Kentucky, has plenty of options when it comes to treatment centers. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, the time to get help is now. Contacting the centers in your area can be a good first start to find the one that fits your needs before you confront your loved one about his problem.