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.

 

Northern Kentucky Hospitals Get Overdose-Reversal Kits

Hospital systems on the front lines of treating heroin overdoses in hard-hit northern Kentucky will be supplied with hundreds ofnaloxone kits to send home with overdose patients in an effort to combat the deadly toll from the drug scourge. According to The Associated Press, the overdose-reversal kits are expected to save lives and provide a starting point for conversations about treatment.  The St. Elizabeth Healthcare system will receive about 500 kits for its hospitals, Atty. Gen. Jack Conway and Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear announced. For more information, click here.