From treatment and prevention to law enforcement activities and harm reduction strategies
Direct access to the people and organizations who can provide assistance
From individual and family action steps to neighborhood and community-wide programs
In Northern Kentucky, heroin is cheap, potent, and readily available. People who use heroin come from all walks of life, cutting across all socioeconomic boundaries.
There is limited treatment capacity for all categories of people, especially adolescents, pregnant women, and those who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The capacity at the only detoxification center in Northern Kentucky is 11 beds.
The vision of the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Response Task Force is to see Northern Kentuckians thrive, healthier and happier. The group’s mission is that the people of Northern Kentucky will have access to life-saving and life-restoring resources for heroin addiction that will reduce its impact in our communities.
1. We will engage and support all efforts that promote healthy choices in occupation, recreation, interpersonal relationships, nutrition, and entertainment.
2. We will raise, accept, and direct financial support for programs that promote evidence based prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of substance use disorders.
3. We will aggressively advocate for policy and legislation that addresses addiction as a disease that requires treatment adapted to meet the needs of any individual with a substance use disorder.
4. All our efforts will be directed to remove the stigma of addiction so that people suffering from substance use disorders are recognized and accepted by medical professionals and the community at large as any individual with a chronic disease and treated accordingly.
Elizabeth Atwell, Mental Health America
Jim Beiting, Transitions, Inc.
Kristie Blanchet, NKY People Advocating Recovery
Terry Carl, Kenton County Jail
Sherry Carran, Mayor, City of Covington
Bonnie Hedrick, PhD, Northern Kentucky Prevention Alliance
Mina “Mike” Kalfas, M.D., The Christ Hospital
Amy Martin, Northern Kentucky Area Development District
Jason Merrick, Kenton County Jail
Kim Moser, R.N., Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Anita Prater, Brighton Center
Kathy Reutman, Boone County Schools
Lynne Saddler, M.D., Northern Kentucky Health Department
Meghan Sandfoss, Northern Kentucky Area Development District
Jim Thaxton, HIRT Coordinator
Chuck Washburn, St. Elizabeth Healthcare