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Gallatin County News
An Independent Weekly Newspaper
Vol. LXXXVI No. 17
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
new drug law
Doctors will be monitored
Paying a visit
The Belle of Cincinnati stopped at the Warsaw riverfront park last Thursday on its way to the
Thunder over Louisville ﬁreworks display. The crew wanted to say hello to Captain Russell “Buby” Hall (at left) of Warsaw. Hall used to work for B&B Riverboats which owns the big paddleheeler. He will celebrate his 90th birthday on the boat later this month. Photo by Kelley Warnick
County is among the unhealthiest
Gallatin County is
anked among Kentucky’s
nhealthiest counties in a
eport released by Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation at the University of
The report, which
ossible horse killing
Sheriff Josh Neale has
opened an investigation
into cases of possible
horse abuse and killing on
a farm on Parkridge Road
Neale said his department has received complaints that unwanted
horses are being killed
and butchered at the farm
with their meat being sold
to feed livestock and pets.
He said he could not
comment further on the
case until he has received
an opinion on whether the
activity is legal or not.
ranks every county in the
United State placed Gallatin 75th out Kentucky’s
120 counties. It considered such factors as premature death rates, low
birth weights and how
many days a person said
they felt bad physically or
Other factors included
the percentage of adults in
a county who smoke, are
obese or drink alcohol excessively. It also considered access to health care
and what percentage of its
adults are uninsured.
In general, the study
found the Appalachian
counties in Eastern Kentucky to be some of the
unhealthiest in the state.
The healthiest were found
in Northern and Central
Kentucky. Oldham and
Boone were the state’s
healthiest counties while
Magofﬁn and Clay County were unhealthiest. The
report showed the wealth-
iest counties were the
healthiest and the poorest
were the least healthy.
Social and economic
factors such as unemployment rates were also important in the survey. Included in those categories
were high school graduation rates, unemployment rates, percentage of
children living in poverty,
pollution rates, access to
healthy food and access to
“The data shows much
of what inﬂuences our
health happens outside
the doctor’s ofﬁce and
factors such education
rates and income levels
all play a part,” said Risa
of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Kentucky’s lawmakers passed a law last Friday they hope will curtail
the spiraling abuse of
prescription drugs in the
The bill, which has
been strongly endorsed by
Gallatin County Sheriff
Josh Neale, is an attempt
to deal with the reality
that more Kentuckians die
from drug overdoses than
from car wrecks.
“We have to do something because the abuse of
prescription drugs is totally out of control,” Neale
said earlier this year after
he talked to lawmakers in
Frankfort. “This bill will
make it much harder for
doctors to operate the pain
clinics responsible for
much of the drug abuse in
The bill passed last
week in a special session
of the General Assembly.
It will require all physicians in Kentucky to use
a prescription drug monitoring system so it will be
easier to determine if their
new patients are actually
addicts seeking painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs
so many Kentuckians
have become hooked on.
“When nearly three
Kentuckians are dying
every day from drug overdoses, we must cast aside
our political party preferences and work together
to ﬁnd solutions to help
our suffering families and
Steve Beshear said after
the new law passed. “Our
legislature has just done
The measure passed
the House 68-19 and the
Senate 26-11 shortly before the ﬁve-day special
session was adjourned.
The House had pressed
to give the attorney general control of the monitoring system so investigators could more easily
identify and arrest unscrupulous doctors who overprescribe painkillers. In a
compromise, that monitoring system was left in
the Kentucky Cabinet for
Health and Family Services where it had been
The law, however, includes language that will
allow the attorney general
and other law enforcement agencies to get information from the monitoring system to assist in
Also dropped as part
of the compromise, was a
proposed fee that doctors
would have had to pay to
maintain the drug-monitoring program known as
KASPER. The House had
wanted to require each
licensed physician in the
state to pay $50 a year but
the Senate balked at requiring the fee.
The Kentucky Medical Association had opposed the fee as “a provider tax on physicians.”
The Association also opposed putting the attorney
general in charge of the
monitoring system saying
it would allow staffers in
the ofﬁce broad access to
private medical information that should be available only to physicians
and other medical professionals.
Raising the ﬂags
Boy Scouts Luke Ackermann, Sam Wright,
oston Beach and Hunter Morley raise the ﬂags
t a new addition to the Ohio River pull-off on
. S. 42. Besides the scouts, Jacquelene Mylor,
onny Rider, Bernie Wessels and Gallatin Steel
onated time and money to the project, which
as dedicated to the citizens of Gallatin County
nd our veterans. Photo by Kathleen Niece
Voters living in Warsaw will have a new place
to vote for the May 22 primary elections.
Voters living in both
the Lower and Upper
Warsaw precincts will no
longer vote at the Gallatin County High School.
Instead, they will vote at
the City of Warsaw meeting room located at 300
East High St. The meeting
room is located directly
behind Warsaw City Hall.
The polls will be open
from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
Tearing it down
Larry Tabor, of London, Ky. used a piece of heavy machinery last
Thursday to tear down one of several homes along U. S. 42 at Ethridge
near the Markland Dam. The Kentucky Highway Department will spend
$20 million in the next two years to widen the busy road and make it
safer. The project is necessary because of land erosion along the Ohio
River. Photo by Kelley Warnick
I have a good reason to be tired
This and That
By Kelley Warnick
Excuse me if I fall asleep while I
write this column but there’s a good
reason why I can’t keep my eyes open.
I have a new baby at my house. He’s the
kind with four legs and a furry tail.
I picked up Lucky on Saturday afternoon from a family in Fort Thomas.
He cried on our way back to Warsaw
but I guess that’s normal for babies,
even dog babies.
The crying stopped as soon we got
home and Lucky found all the toys I
have. The couch is a big fun toy. So
are the kitchen chairs, the cuffs on my
blue jeans and all the newspapers lying
around. At ﬁrst, he thought my cat, Tiger,
was a toy too. He changed his mind after
getting batted by a paw full of claws.
Lucky quickly made friends with my
older dog, Honey, however. For some
reason he will only eat Honey’s food.
At ﬁrst that concerned me. Then, when
I realized Honey would eat only Lucky’s
food, I ﬁgured everything was going to
work out just ﬁne.
Even though Lucky is young, he’s already the fastest thing living under my
roof. Honey can’t come close to keeping
up with him. He’s so fast, I thought about
calling him The Streak but I was afraid
people might nickname him Streaker. I
didn’t want him to endure any off-color
teasing as he grows up.
Lucky is a retriever and I can already tell he’s going to be a good one.
So far, he’s retrieved a cardboard box, a
ﬂowerpot, ﬁve sticks, a small tree, three
socks and a dead mouse. I can’t wait to
get home this afternoon and see what he
has retrieved today. I’m hoping for gold
bars but that may be asking for too much
from such a youngster.
Yes, the puppy has been quite an addition but of course he has lots to learn.
That’s because he thinks his leash, bed
and all the furniture are chew toys. He’s
also smart and I’m sure he’ll ﬁgure everything out before the entire house is
reduced to splinters.
I’m getting lots of advice on how to
be a proper pet owner from my Facebook friends. Bill Gardner told me the
best way to house-train him is to take
him for walks every two hours. So far,
that’s working out pretty well and the accidents have been few and far between. I
feel kind of foolish, however, strolling
around the yard with a puppy at 2 a.m.
Lucky’s social calendar is quickly
ﬁlling up too. Yolande Crist wants to
schedule a play date with him and her
new puppy. That’ll be fun but I think
I’ll wait until I’m sure Lucky plays well
One thing I’ve learned is that having a puppy changes one’s life and especially one’s sleeping patterns. Lucky
is what you would call a morning dog,
a very early morning dog. He was up
and wide awake at 4 a.m. this morning
looking for something to retrieve. That
means I was up too. Unfortunately, I
wasn’t wide-awake and far from it.
That’s why I’m feeling a little tired
today. I’m not complaining, though. I
have a beautiful little puppy at home
and that makes me a lucky, lucky guy.