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Citing a local and national shortage of forensic pathologists amid the dramatic rise of fatal overdoses and the opioid epidemic, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is partnering with UofL and UK to strengthen the state Medical Examiner's Office and improve the retainment of such doctors.
Beshear's office filed the lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries over an allegedly deceptive marketing scheme pushing their opioid drugs as safer and rarely addictive, arguing that this "fueled" the state's deadly opioid epidemic.