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The Madison Co. Health Department’s Narcan mobile unit

Addiction In The Pandemic: The $350M Effort To Heal Communities In Opioid Crisis

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — The Madison County health department in Kentucky has kept its harm reduction program open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to continue its work against the other epidemic afflicting the region: the addiction crisis. Through the program, people can exchange needles, receive referrals for addiction treatment services, and get training to use… Read More

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Regina LaBelle.

Addiction In The Pandemic: An Interview With White House Leader On Drug Control Policy

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FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released drug overdose death data last December, it warned about the impacts the ongoing pandemic has had on the addiction crisis. “The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard,” CDC Director Dr. Robert… Read More

2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment adjusted its in-person services in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addiction In The Pandemic: Staying In Treatment While Staying COVID Safe

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Since 2012, the 2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment has served people in Lexington, Kentucky. The office sits on a busy street on the city’s north side. Similar to the heavy traffic that passes by, clients seeking treatment for substance and opioid use disorders steadily stream in and out of the… Read More

NorthStar Online NA’s first meeting using online support, in 2018

Addiction In The Pandemic: An Interview With A Member Of Narcotics Anonymous

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. is the father of two daughters and lives in Lexington. He’s a carpenter and owns a small construction company. More than 15 years ago, Terrance walked into his first Narcotics Anonymous meeting at age 27. He spoke to the Ohio Valley ReSource about addiction, sobriety and how the COVID-19 pandemic… Read More

NorthStar Online NA’s first meeting using online support, in 2018

Addiction In The Pandemic: Overdose Deaths Surge As Coronavirus Adds To Opioid Crisis

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. has been sober for more than 15 years and Narcotics Anonymous has been a big part of his recovery. He uses a pseudonym when speaking publicly about addiction and his work with NA. Terrance said the bonds the group has formed are very important, and they were forged through… Read More

Vaccination process on Monday, December 14, 2020.

Answering Your Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccines

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FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — The arrival of the first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was met with cheers around the Ohio Valley as the first doses were administered to front-line health workers. The Pfizer —  and, soon, Moderna — vaccines bring the promise of relief after months of pandemic-driven closures and a deadly surge in… Read More

Rural Hospital Sign

Sicker Staff, Fewer Beds For Rural Hospitals As COVID-19 Spreads Through Ohio Valley

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (OVR) — Dr. Kirk Tucker, chief clinical officer of Adena Health Systems in Chillicothe, Ohio, said a week before Thanksgiving that the health system’s three hospitals in southern Ohio were bombarded with coronavirus patients. But it isn’t just the patients testing positive. The virus has also sickened 65 of his fellow caregivers. Recently, Tucker… Read More

A Kentucky home displays green lights in memory of those lost to COVID-19.

Older Veterans Face New Fight As Coronavirus Surges In Region

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — On Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivered his daily briefing on coronavirus, which is surging across the Ohio Valley. Eleven more Kentuckians had died that day. Then the governor provided an update on an especially worrisome outbreak at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center near Lexington, one of four long-term care facilities dedicated… Read More

A stethoscope on top of money

Health Insurance For More Than A Million Ohio Valley Residents At Stake In Affordable Care Act Challenge

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RICHMOND, Ky. (OVR) — When the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move forward with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Senate Democrats boycotted. In their places stood poster-sized photos of people the senators said would lose health care coverage if the court strikes down the Affordable Care Act. With just… Read More

Lexington firefighters Joshua Slugantz, Brandon Mobley and Andy Kenner at the UK Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.

COVID-19 Costs Ohio Valley Hospitals Billions, Putting Some Rural Hospitals At Risk Of Closing

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GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — In April, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Greenup County, Kentucky, joined a long list of hospitals that have closed in the Ohio Valley. Fewer hospitals can mean longer travel times for rural residents, which can make a single hospital trip daunting. Greenup County resident Tiffany Wilburn-Meek says that means a 45-minute… Read More