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Seventh annual Voices of Hope overdose awareness day set for August 24 at Lexington’s Jacobson Park

Voices of Hope is hosting the seventh annual Overdose Awareness Day event to celebrate recovery and support those impacted by substance use disorder. The event will also offer support to people who have lost loved ones to overdose. Planned for August 24 at Jacobson Park in Lexington, the event will feature multiple speakers, including:

Department of Corrections launches aftercare program for inmates recovering from substance use disorder

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley joined with the state Department of Corrections (DOC) this week to announce the first-ever aftercare program within a Kentucky prison, providing a new system of support, mentoring and peer accountability for offenders in recovery from a substance use disorder. The innovative program, known as SOAR (Supporting Others in Active Recovery), focuses on relapse prevention,...

Medicaid waiver to expand coverage, increase care access for Kentuckians with Substance Use Disorder

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is set to expand access to treatment and recovery services for individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) through a portion of its 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver, beginning July 1. This program further amplifies the Commonwealth’s overall efforts to fight the opioid crisis, as well as other substance addictions. With Kentucky’s commitment to combatting opioid,...

Michael Fletcher: Pass House Bill 121; get addiction treatment into the hands of those who need it

In 2019, every Kentuckian knows someone struggling with addiction and we are well aware that this epidemic is wreaking havoc on our communities and in our country. As an Addiction Specialist Physician practicing here in the Commonwealth, I look into the eyes of these people every day. My patients are filled with determination to beat an illness that has devastated their career, their family and their...