“I was a little bit distracted at the beginning when they were reading who was winning the award—I was trying to get registered to win the big TV,” Community Outreach Manager at BrightView Health Rebecca Bollens said. “It was buffering and buffering; finally, I gave up because they were talking about this person that’s winning this fabulous award, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is really great. I wonder who it is.’”
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Addiction Recovery in Kentucky is being supported through government funding from the CAREER Act or The Comprehensive Addiction Recovery through Effective Employment and Reentry. The bill was introduced for reauthorization in June after it was originally filed in in 2018. U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr, worked to pass this bill because of the issues the Commonwealth has with substance use disorders.
Overdose deaths in Kentucky have declined for the first time in four years, but the problem is far from over. That is why it is important to keep discussing the topic of addiction treatment.
Several people were frantically waving for help as they pulled a young man from his car, suffering from an apparent drug overdose. Gardner, who is a retired firefighter, and McKinney stopped and quickly jumped into action once they learned the man was not breathing and had no pulse. Brightview Health employees Sari Cason and Crystal Barajas also stopped to assist and provided additional Narcan.
Will LaCouture, the Outreach Director for BrightView Massachusetts, which comprises 12 addiction recovery centers throughout the state, joins host James Milan to discuss the urgent public health crisis around fentanyl and other opioids, including the recent emergence of tranq, which is particularly concerning because Narcan cannot be used to treat an overdose. Will also addresses common myths about addiction and treatment.
Kayla Kitchen is a mom of two, with another baby on the way due in April. She’s been coming to BrightView’s addiction treatment center in Elyria for most of her pregnancy, after feeling concerned she may relapse.