Drug Disposal, State Committee Highlight Day of Health-Related Talks in NKY
Health issues facing Northern Kentucky and the state overall will be the focus of a series of events featuring State Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence).
Wuchner co-chairs the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare, and leads the House Health and Welfare Committee in the General Assembly.
The joint committee will meet at the new Health Innovation Center at Northern Kentucky University, which will later be dedicated in a ceremony featuring Governor Matt Bevin.
The committee will discuss the new building and innovative cancer research by Bexion Pharmaceuticals, which is based in Covington.
The committee will also review St. Elizabeth Healthcare's regional plan for mothers and baies with substance use disorder.
“I have spent my entire career in health care and improving the lives of Kentuckians, starting right at home in Northern Kentucky where we face some serious public health issues like drug abuse,” said Wuchner. “I’m proud to host the IJC on Health and Welfare in my home community, and I look forward to addressing some very serious issues affecting our region.”
Following the Health and Welfare Committee meeting, there will be a ribbon cutting dedication for the Health Innovation Center, which received funding in the 2014 budget approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.
“In 2014, we voted to approve $97 million for the Health Innovation Center and I look forward to the dedication,” said Wuchner. “This innovative center is finding advancements in health care that will improve the lives of Kentuckians for generations.”
State Health and Family Services Secretary will join Wuchner and other committee members and representatives from Walgreens to promote the expansion of safe medication disposal kiosks throughout the state.
“The Walgreen kiosks will be of great help to all Kentuckians,” said Wuchner. “Many Kentuckians have medicines they no longer need and it is vital to provide safe options for disposal to prevent accidental harm.”
State Rep. Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger) will also join the event.
Walgreens has worked with AmerisourceBergen, Pfizer, and Prime Therapeutics to double the availability of safe medication disposal kiosks throughout Kentucky to sixteen locations now available. Safe medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications year-round, at no cost.
They will all be at Walgreens at 8193 Mall Road in Florence at 3:30 p.m.