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An Overview of Addiction in Kentucky

Substance abuse, particularly the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs as well as heroin, is one of the most critical public health and safety issues facing Kentucky. Especially hit hard have been Northern Kentucky, Louisville and Lexington raising fears that a heroin scourge will soon encompass the entire Commonwealth.  A key driver behind the uptick in heroin addiction was the reformulation of two widely abused prescription pain medications. Drug manufacturers altered OxyContin in 2010 and Opana in 2011, making them harder to crush and snort.  As it is in most states, a growing number of the young people who began abusing expensive prescription drugs are switching to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to buy.

Key Substance Abuse Issues in Kentucky

  • Law enforcement officials said heroin first took root in Northern Kentucky, after moving south through Chicago and Detroit to Cincinnati before moving on to Louisville. More recently, it has spread to Eastern Kentucky, the area hardest hit by prescription pills.
  • The most talked-about issue of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 session was a comprehensive bill to battle the state’s heroin epidemic with a multi-prong approach that includes stronger penalties for dealers and traffickers and better treatment options for addicts seeking help.
  • SB 192 increases the availability of naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose if promptly administered. The bill also encourages people to call for help when overdose victims need it by including a “Good Samaritan” provision. That will shield people from prosecution when they seek help for someone who overdoses.
  • Methadone is available as a low-cost generic drug. The synthetic opiate is taking a toll in Northern Kentucky and other parts of the country, as heroin addicts attempt to detox themselves, self-dosing with methadone and overdosing.
  • Methadone is also used for a heroin fix. Since 2005, prescriptions written for methadone in Kentucky have decreased; however, the CDC reported that most users are finding their methadone on the street.

Finding Help with Addiction in Kentucky

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