KY SOS Newsletter
Enables patients and family members to find information about available substance use disorder treatment options in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Findhelpnowky.org
- Hope and Health KY
Individuals seeking treatment for themselves or others – as well as family members who have questions or are in need of support – can call 1-833-8KY-HELP (1-833-859-4357) toll-free or text HOPE to 96714 and speak with a specialist about available treatment services most relevant to their needs. All calls are confidential. Additional resources are available online at http://hopeandhelpky.com/
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals.1-800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- Washington Post - 76 Billion Opioid Pills: Newly Released Federal Data Unmasks the Epidemic
Patient & Family Resources
These numbers and websites may be useful for anyone seeking assistance or treatment for substance use disorders. This information is courtesy of the Kentucky Poison Control Center. Please consult www.kypoisoncontrol.com for more information.
- CDC Patient Education
- Kentucky OAR Hotline (Opioid Assistance and Resource) 1-800-854-681
The Kentucky Opioid Assistance and Resource Hotline, a part of the Kentucky Poison Control Center supported by state and federal funds, is available 24 hours a day / 7 days. Healthcare providers and first responders, patients and concerned residents in KY can speak directly with a trained medical professionals at the Kentucky Poison Control Center to learn about safe drug disposal, naloxone, withdrawal and medications for treatment of opioid use disorder, as well as how to manage potential fentanyl exposures. http://kypoisoncontrol.com/opioid
- Operation Unite 1-888-908-6483
Operation UNITE provides a toll-free Treatment Referral Line for anyone seeking assistance with a substance use disorder. This line is available during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individuals seeking treatment for themselves or others – as well as family members who have questions or are in need of support – can call the referral line to learn about available treatment programs in the region and the appropriate steps they must take in order to enter a program that will meet their needs. All calls are kept confidential.
- Voices of Hope
Meet Alex Elswick, founder of Voices of Hope and a patient and family representative on the KY SOS Advisory Committee
Alex Elswick is a tireless advocate for people with substance use disorders. He earned a B.A. from Centre College, an M.S. from the University of Kentucky and is currently finishing a PhD at the University of Kentucky. Elswick’s knowledge and experience with addiction is multifaceted. His professional experience, non-profit work and research agenda all focus on long term recovery. But most importantly, Elswick is himself a person in long-term recovery from the chronic disease of addiction.