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The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE launched a new substance abuse call center that will connect people across the state with drug treatment.   The new KY HELP Call Center will provide referrals across the state to both public and private treatment providers.

Kentuckians struggling with a substance use disorder, either themselves or within their families, can call 1-833-8KY-HELP (1-833-859-4357) toll-free to speak with a specialist about treatment options and available resources.  The specialist will conduct a brief screening assessment in order to connect callers with the most relevant treatment services as quickly as possible. 

Options will include everything from medication-assisted treatment to faith based care, and a live specialist will help callers work through all the variables, such as location and cost.

Callers can speak to a specialist from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday.  During non-business hours, callers may leave a message and the call center staff will get back in touch with them.

More information is available atDontLetThemDie  and Operation UNITE 

 

    

2017 Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Overdose Fatality Report:

 2017 Kentucky Overdose Fatality Report (final1).pdf2017 Kentucky Overdose Fatality Report (final1).pdf

 

Illicit fentanyl, a powerful and unpredictable opioid, has inflicted another harrowing year on the Commonwealth, claiming more lives than ever before even though deaths from heroin alone have declined.

Fatal Overdoses totaled 1,565 in 2017, an 11.5 increase over the previous year.  Among those cases, toxicology reports were available for 1,468.

Fentanyl was a factor in approximately 52 percent  of the toxicology cases – 763 deaths. That’s up from roughly 47 percent in 2016. Heroin was a factor in close to 22 percent, down from 34 percent in the previous year. In total, 327 people had heroin in their system when they died.

The report shows that at least three other drugs have overtaken heroin among deaths that underwent toxicology.  Alprazolam was detected in approximately 34 percent of cases and gabapentin was detected in 29 percent.  Meanwhile a resurgence of methamphetamine contributed to more than double last year's total - about 28 percent of the deaths. 

 

  

 

 

 

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If you have any questions or comments please contact Heather Wainscott at heather.wainscott@ky.gov or or Amy Andrews at amy.andrews@ky.gov