Kentucky promotes free services to fight drug addiction


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced another step towards achieving a statewide policy goal of bringing free services close to home to help Kentuckians overcome drug addiction.

The state is working to create counties as “recovery-ready communities” — aimed at providing high-quality recovery programs throughout Kentucky, the Beshear administration said in a news release. This is part of an overall effort to address addiction issues that weigh heavily on the state.

“In 2021, we lost 2,250 Kentuckians to overdose deaths, which is devastating and extremely heartbreaking,” Beshear said. “I hope all 120 counties across the Commonwealth will join my administration in the fight to save lives by pledging to be ‘ready for recovery’ and ensuring the necessary support is available for those battling the addiction.”

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy is partnering with Volunteers of America to launch a Recovery Ready community certification program. Cities and counties can seek certification by providing free transportation, support groups, and employment services to people seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. A measure signed into law last year by Kentucky lawmakers created an advisory council to create trade-in ready certification.

As part of the initiative, Volunteers of America will work with participating counties and cities to improve recovery and help prevent overdoses.

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