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Winning the Race Against Addiction

By Kimberly Lohman Clapp on November 6, 2019

Four Kentuckians die each day from a preventable and treatable disease: addiction. In 2017, Kentucky lost 1,566 loved ones to overdose, leaving empty spaces at dinner tables, in classrooms, and in hearts.

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Hope for Recovery

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 

It was a quick spiral down. Alex Elswick’s addiction began with a prescription to opioids following surgery at age 18. Over the next five years, his addiction took him to jail, to numerous treatment centers, to being homeless in four different cities, and eventually, to sleeping under a bridge in Dayton, Ohio and heroin use.

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Recovering Out Loud

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 

Tara Moseley Hyde made an interesting discovery when she underwent treatment for her addiction at age 23. “Being in recovery at such a young age was not the social norm,” she recalls. “I felt like the odd man out being young and in recovery. I knew I needed resources and I knew there were other people out there who needed them, too.”

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Addiction’s Rough Waters

By Simone Greene on November 6, 2019

 

“Thank God my story doesn’t start with ‘I lost my son to addiction,’” says Jennifer “Punkin” Stepp. While her story ends with her son in recovery, it doesn’t mean the road was easy. Stepp’s son, Sammy, was introduced to drugs at an early age. As his addiction deepened, Stepp began to look for help in her community. However, resources in Bullitt County were few. “After a while, you start getting tired of people saying you are a bad parent or your child is defective. 

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“Doing Time” In Treatment, Not Prison

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 

As the opioid crisis worsened, many judges in Kentucky began noticing a disturbing pattern. A growing number of criminal defendants were overdosing and dying before their cases could be concluded. The judges figured keeping them behind bars and alive was better than the alternative. So, they increased cash bonds. That sent the jail population soaring. Clearly, another approach was needed.

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Addiction Treatment Behind Bars

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 
Terry Carl didn’t like what he saw. Addiction was spreading rampantly through his native Northern Kentucky, bringing death and destruction with it. As the Kenton County jailer, he teamed up with Addiction Services Director Jason Merrick to do something about it.
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