Opioid-addiction is a crisis around the region and nation, but treatment options are available

Insider Louisville LogoNo one is disputing that the opioid crisis is an epidemic in communities all over America. What starts for many as an addiction to legally prescribed painkillers can become an overwhelming craving that makes the introduction of heroin an economical and logical choice for many.

In fact, the number of deaths due to heroin overdose have recently surpassed the number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents, Dr. Mary Bouldin, director of addiction medicine at LifeSpring Health Systems in Jeffersonville, says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.

“It’s very rare that somebody starts off shooting heroin,” she says. “Nobody wakes up saying ‘I think I want to be an injection-drug user today,’ but what happens is that because of the development of tolerance, people keep crossing lines that they thought they would never cross.”

For those caught up in the addiction cycle, it can be challenging to get treatment. To read more from Dr. Bouldin, and to see how the issue has affected one former NBA and UK basketball star, please click here.

 

Conference planned to talk about Kentucky youth’s use of e-cigarettes

No Smoking SignA conference to understand e-cigarettes and their effects on young Kentucky residents will be held at the London Community Center in Laurel County on March 24.

The program, called “Project e-Prevent,” will look at evidence-based information regarding e-cigarettes, analyze the association between e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction, discuss policy recommendations from medical and scientific authorities, discuss e-cigarette laws and enforcement, and clarify 100-percent-tobacco-free school policy.

The program is free and offers continuing education credits, but registration is required by March 11. Click here to see the full agenda or to register, or call 606-864-1432 for additional information.