Louisville’s WFPL News recently produced a public forum on issues related to Kentucky’s heroin epidemic. Experts from various arenas of substance abuse treatment briefly presented on the current status of heroin treatment and incarceration in Kentucky. This was followed by a question-and-answer session in which the experts fielded concerns from addiction treatment professionals and former drug users from the audience. Listen the forum below, and read our summary of the presentation and discussions.
It’s official—Stepworks of London is now open! We’re excited to finally bring our trusted program of 30-day residential addiction treatment to London, KY. We hope you’re excited, too. With a brand-new treatment facility located in the scenic Kentucky countryside, Stepworks is prepared to help you, your loved one, or your client achieve sobriety now.
The wait is almost over: Stepworks of London is ready to begin providing the best addiction care in the region! Our doors will officially open in one week, on Wednesday, April 15. In the meantime, we’re very excited to announce that our waiting list is now open to new clients and referrals! If you are struggling with alcohol or drug use, you can get in touch with a Stepworks team member to reserve a place in our detox and 30-day addiction treatment program at our brand-new facility in London, KY. Call 800-545-9031 to begin the process of enrollment or referral today!
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has highlighted new findings suggesting that a commonly used blood-pressure medication can extend opioid abstinence when used in tandem with other medication-assisted treatments. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, reported that the drug clonidine was useful in improving the results of medication-assisted treatment when combined with buprenorphine, one of the primary drugs used to treat opioid dependence.
Kentucky’s House and Senate remain divided on crucial points of a proposed heroin bill. With this Tuesday, March 24 marking the end of the current legislative session, meaningful action on the KY heroin epidemic might once again be deferred by the state assembly. Lawmakers met this week in a conference committee while the General Assembly was on break and were intent on resolving the disputed measures. The Lexington Herald-Leader now reports that the House and Senate members aren’t budging on several issues, and the assembly will likely pass a much more limited bill if they pass one at all.
In a newly drafted bill to combat the state’s heroin epidemic, KY House members have allocated an additional $10 million for drug treatment programs. If the KY heroin bill is passed by the combined legislature, those funds will be accessible more quickly than previously allocated treatment dollars in the bill, The Courier-Journal reports.
Stepworks Recovery Centers is just about ready to open the doors of our new treatment facility in London, KY. Once again anyone with substance abuse issues will be able to receive the quality of care that has long been associated with the Stepworks name. In the meantime, we would like to clear up a few questions about Stepworks’ location and history.
Big news! Stepworks Recovery Centers is preparing to open its new residential treatment center in London, KY. We want to begin delivering first-rate addiction treatment services as soon as the doors are open, so Stepworks will be accepting placements on the waiting list for new clients. Are you suffering from alcohol abuse or drug addiction? If you reserve your spot early, you’ll be one of the first to have access to Stepworks’ trusted treatment program.
An ongoing lawsuit in KY seeks to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse and addiction troubling many parts of the state. Meanwhile, a new scientific study suggests that non-addictive pain medications may be within reach, offering a much less risky way to help chronic pain sufferers relieve their distress without falling victim to addiction.
Over the last year, efforts to save lives from heroin addiction and drug overdose in Northern KY have met with both successes and new obstacles. While the KY heroin problem continues to do great harm, recovery organizations and advocates are continuing to make inroads in making the region safer and better equipped to deal with addiction. Last year the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Response Task Force came together to set goals for tackling the region’s drug epidemic, and in October 2014 they reconvened to review their progress and create an action plan for the next year.