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Lexington symposium on Dec. 3 to highlight statewide initiatives linking employment, recovery

Kentucky’s health policy and business leaders are bringing together treatment providers and community organizations for an employment symposium on Dec. 3 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington. The Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is coordinating the event with support from the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE). This symposium will...

Bevin launches ‘Hope and Help’ initiative to combat substance use disorder, provide vital resources

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced a new statewide public awareness effort to continue the Commonwealth’s historic momentum in combating the opioid epidemic. The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s (JPSC) Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), is launching the “Hope and Help” initiative to provide vital resources to individuals...

Bevin names 10 new members to Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Terona Cobble-Johnson, Phyllis Helen Millspaugh, Lola Patterson Watts, Ronald J. Rice, Jeffrey S. Jones, David H. Sloane, Steven Barry Bing, Steve J. Shannon, Heather Leigh Wehrheim and Timothy Cesario have been appointed to the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy. Terona Cobble-Johnson, of Lexington, is...

Kentuckians urged to turn over unused, expired prescription drugs on National Drug Take-Back Day

Kentuckians are encouraged to turn in any unused or expired prescription drugs Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of National Drug Take-Back. The service is free and anonymous. There are now 194 prescription drop boxes available across Kentucky in 116 counties, with more being added daily, according to the state Office of Drug Control Policy. Click here to find a prescription drug disposal...

Overdose deaths in Kentucky stayed steady
in 2013, but heroin deaths continued to climb

Fayette County is one of the top five counties for heroin detected in overdose deaths. Jefferson County had the most. Three Northern Kentucky counties were also among the top five. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   Kentucky overdose deaths stayed steady in 2013, while the number of deaths attributed to heroin continued to climb, according to a report issued today by the Office of Drug Control Policy.   The...