LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Addiction Policy Forum (APF), a leading nonprofit tackling the opioid
"Kentucky has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. In 2016, the state saw more than 1,400 deaths from drug overdoses, and opioids accounted for 70 percent of those fatalities," said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, president and CEO of APF. "It is clear more services are needed to help those struggling with substance use. The ARC will remove barriers to treatment by connecting individuals and families with trusted resources and compassionate support in an easily accessible way."
The Addiction Resource Center website is a comprehensive, interactive portal that helps individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access help. The ARC features a unique database of carefully vetted local treatment providers, including information about the treatment types, accepted payment methods, available medications and patient groups for each facilityŚinformation that is often difficult for people to find on their own. The site dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disorder in easy-to-read formats, guiding concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool and helping them develop a proposed action plan.
Kentucky residents impacted by substance use disorders can also receive confidential and compassionate support, information about local treatment or recovery resources, and education about substance use and addiction via phone by calling 1-833-301-HELP (4357). The ARC phone line is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Addiction counselors, licensed clinicians and peer recovery support advocates staff the ARC line and can provide callers with support from peers who have experienced addiction and loss related to substance use in their lives.
APF's efforts in Kentucky will be led by state chair Jennifer Stepp, who resides in Shepherdsville (near Louisville). She became involved in addressing substance use after her family, as well as her community, was severely impacted by the opioid epidemic. Stepp is the founder of the Bullitt Opioid Addiction Team (BOAT) in Bullitt County, Ky. The organization educates people about the dangers of substance use, gives out free overdose rescue kits and teaches children and adults how to use medication that reverses the effects of an overdose. To learn more about BOAT, visit the group's website and Facebook page.
"I look forward to expanding my work to fight the opioid crisis in Kentucky," said Stepp. "The ARC is an important addition to the resources available for individuals and families in our state, and I believe the phone line and website will enable more people to get help when they need it most."
In addition to launching the ARC in the state, APF's Kentucky chapter will work on education, prevention, treatment, recovery, overdose reversal and criminal justice issues to ensure the full spectrum of solutions is being deployed. The chapter will engage a wide range of stakeholders to create specific action plans, initiate new collaborations and deploy additional localized resources for the direct benefit of all Kentucky residents.
APF's eight strategic priorities include:
About Addiction Policy ForumThe Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.á
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