There seems to be less talk of the Opioid Epidemic but much work left to do.

With fewer than two months left in 2018, there have been 36 confirmed drug-related deaths in Madison County so far this year.

Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison told The Register Friday drug-related deaths are trending above last year. The coroner said there were 40 drug-related deaths in 2017, which was up from 33 in 2016.

“I still see a lot of combinations of (drugs),” he said. “Most times on the report, I write the combined effects of (multiple drugs). … People don’t know what they’re getting with heroin or meth.”

Fentanyl is still playing a large role as well. Cornelison said he’s seeing methamphetamine mixed with fentanyl. He added heroin hasn’t gone away either.

After seeing a decrease in the amount of Narcan administered in the first six months of the year compared with 2017, Madison County EMS Director Carlos Coyle said that’s changed.

Coyle previously told The Register, from Jan. 1 through June 30 of this year, EMS administered 208 doses to 176 patients. Last year, 261 doses were administered to 179 patients during that same time frame.

However, through the end of October, 413 doses have been administered to 343 patients, which is close to 2017’s yearly totals — 511 doses to 361 patients.

Intensive Outpatient Program Now Open

Intensive Outpatient Program Now Open

The principle behind most ASAM-based systems is to treat clients at the “least restrictive” level at which they can benefit.

The barriers that necessitate a higher level of care are usually in the last 3 ASAM dimensions: motivation or readiness; potential for relapse or continued use; and recovery environment. Often, that translates to a client strongly resistant to the idea of treatment, unlikely to remain abstinent, or burdened with a ‘recovery-unfriendly’ situation.

KENTUCKY CONTINUES TO BE AT THE CENTER OF THE NATIONAL OPIOID CRISIS

The national opioid overdose epidemic was declared a public health emergency in 2017, and the state of Kentucky continues to be in the spotlight of this crisis. We must work together to fight this battle as a significant epidemic or the Commonwealth will experience crippling economic, social and health repercussions in years to come.

Annual Coat Drive

Though it is fall, we are experiencing some cold temperatures in the Bluegrass state. I’m already feeling the chill of winter yet to come. While many of us look at a coat as an item that is meant to keep us warm, cozy, and stylish, there are plenty of less fortunate people who don't even have that basic necessity. 

Ethan Health is beginning our annual Coat Drive. Donating a winter coat is basically a no-effort way to do a good and charitable deed for someone else. Just make sure that it's in good, wearable condition and that you have cleaned out the pockets. Ideally, you'll even dry clean it before passing the coat on to its new owner, though most places won't require it.

If you're on the fence about whether or not to donate, first a peek in the closet: If you have any coats you haven't worn for years that are just taking up extra space, it's probably time to pass it on. Then, ask yourself this: "Could I still wear this jacket if I wasn't going to donate it?" If the answer is "yes," then it is still in quality condition and you should absolutely give it away to someone who will get better use out of it.

Once you have your pile of coats ready to go, stop by and drop them off at one of our Ethan Health locations! Your donation will keep someone warm and make them see the good in others this season.


CARF Survey

CARF Survey

CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. Whether you are seeking rehabilitation for a disability, treatment for addiction and substance abuse, home and community services, retirement living, or other health and human services, you can have confidence in your choice. Providers that meet our standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.

Do you need help finding treatment?

Do you need help finding treatment?

“Near real-time availability of SUD treatment openings will significantly reduce the time spent by the public, healthcare providers, and other healthcare professionals searching for treatment openings by matching available treatment with individual needs,” said Terry Bunn, Ph.D., KIPRC director. 

Walgreens Sued By Kentucky For Alleged Role In Opioid Crisis

Walgreens Sued By Kentucky For Alleged Role In Opioid Crisis

The state of Kentucky is suing Walgreens, arguing that the pharmacy giant used “unlawful business practices” to fuel the state’s opioid crisis, CNN Money reports.

State Attorney General Andy Beshear claims that the retailer not only filled “massive” and “suspicious” orders of opioids, but failed to report those same orders to authorities.