Alabama: Bentley forms opioid panel. With statistics showing a 20% increase in drug overdose deaths in the state in 2014 over the previous year, and more than 100 such deaths in Jefferson County alone in the first half of 2016, Gov. Robert Bentley (R) has formed the Alabama Council on Opioid Abuse and Addiction, reports AL.com. The 25-member panel, headed by state health officials, will identify strategies to reduce opioid addiction deaths ……. Georgia: Deal fights opioid abuse with Narcan. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) asked state health officials to remove Narcan, a drug used to offset the temporary effects of opioid overdoses, from the list of prohibited drugs so that it can be bought over-the-counter at drugstores, reports the Atlanta Journal & Constitution.Georgia is the 19th state to take similar action. Deal plans to introduce legislation on the topic next year ……. Kentucky: Laffer meets with Bevin. In a meeting scheduled for last Friday, Gov. Matt Bevin (R) and supply-side economist Arthur Laffer had what one official called “a social visit,” but Bevin is in the process of developing a tax reform proposal for the state and Laffer is a big advocate of tax cuts. Stay tuned …….