According to the state’s annual Overdose Fatality Report, 2,135 Kentuckians died from a drug overdose in 2022. That was 5 percent fewer than in 2021, but many counties reported an increase in such deaths.
Kentucky Educational Television is airing a program that includes a panel of survivors, drug-recovery experts and providers about the public-health crisis of addiction and the ongoing work to ease it.
“Disrupting Addiction: A KET Forum” premieres Monday, July 24, at 8 p.m. ET on KET. It will be aired 21 more times on various days, times and channels through Aug. 9. To see the list of dates and times the program will air go to https:// ket.org/program/ket-forums/. It can also be viewed on the website KET.org.
The panelists include: Jimmy Cornelison, Madison County coroner; Eric Friedlander, secretary of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services
; Jennifer Hancock, president and CEO, Volunteers of America Mid-States
; Bryan Hubbard, executive director and chair of the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission
in the attorney general’s office; Van Ingram, executive director of the state Office of Drug Control Policy
in the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet; State Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, chair of the House Health Services Committee; and Dr. Devin Oller, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
, primary care and addiction medicine physician.
The program will also feature reports from Isaiah House Treatment Center; Kungu Njuguna, an attorney who is recovering from alcohol and heroin addiction; and the Estill County Health Department, which now offers a syringe-service program through a mobile clinic after being shut down for several years.