Kentucky has 15,000 More Open Jobs Than People Searching for Work

The U.S. economy is in the midst of one the longest growth periods in the post-War era creating a unique circumstance in the labor market. The United States, for the first time since the data has been tracked, has more job openings than individuals looking for work. In fact, despite dipping in the last few months of 2018, according to the Labor Department, there were approximately one million more job openings in the United States than individuals looking in March. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTs) was released on Tuesday providing an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the national numbers and Kentucky's standing. A few notable points: - Job op

Fentanyl is Driving Overdose Deaths in Kentucky and Continuing to Increase

As authorities cracked down on prescription opioids and then on heroin, the black market offered up fentanyl as a substitute. Fentanyl – a synthetic opioid up to 50 times as strong as heroin and 100 times as strong as morphine – was developed for use as an anesthetic in the sixties. It is currently classified as a Schedule II narcotic, and it is used medicinally in end-of-life care. Fentanyl, although similar to heroin, is far deadlier. As little as six grains of salt worth of fentanyl can be lethal if ingested. Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin and other narcotics sold on the street because it is cheap yet potent – leading many unsuspecting users to overdose. The National Institute on Dru



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