First responders across Kentucky have responded to a spike in overdose incidents in the last 24 hours. According to tracking, several overdoses in Madison and Laurel Counties have prompted health officials to request a spike alert. It is unclear what substances are to blame for the spike or if Fentanyl is an underlying factor.
“The days of so-called “recreational” drug use are over,” said Pat Fogarty Addiction Recovery Care’s Chief Operating Officer. “Today, any time someone battling a substance use disorder uses, they are playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette. We must also be aware that individuals do seek the most potent and effective drugs, which also leads to calamity.”
Many first responders, including EMS and police officers, now carry Narcan with them at all times due to the dangers. If family or friends know a loved one in crisis, you are encouraged to call our intake line at 888.351.1761 or use our confidential chat function.
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Fentanyl Resource Guide
- DEA’s Fentanyl Fact Sheet – Get Smart About Drugs
- Facts about Fentanyl (dea.gov)
- Fake Pills Fact Card – Get Smart About Drugs
- Drugs of Abuse 2022
- Drug Education and Prevention
- DEA’s “One Pill Can Kill” Flickr album: fake pill and drug photos
- www.JustThinkTwice.com (for teens)
- www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com (for parents, caregivers, and teachers)
- www.CampusDrugPrevention.gov (for teachers and college campus community leaders/advisors)
- Recovery Resources (dea.gov)
- What Every Parent and Caregiver Needs to Know About Fake Pills
- How Teens Misuse Medicine
- Buying Drugs Online – What You Should Know & How to Protect Your Kids
- 10 Strategies to Prevent Your Young Person from Using Drugs
- Growing Up Drug Free – a Parent’s Guide to Prevention
- For Parents: How to Start a Conversation with Your Child
- For Teens: One Pill Can Kill | Just Think Twice
- Higher Education: Campuses Amplify DEA’s ‘One Pill Can Kill’ Public Awareness Campaign | Campus Drug Prevention