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Substance Use Prevention

Prevention and early intervention strategies can reduce the impact of substance use and mental disorders in Kentucky.  Prevention activities work to educate and support individuals and communities to prevent the use and misuse of drugs and the development of substance use disorders. Substance use and mental disorders can make daily activities difficult and impair a person’s ability to work, interact with family, and fulfill other major life functions. Mental and substance use disorders are among the top conditions that cause disability in the United States. Preventing mental and/or substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders and related problems is critical to behavioral and physical health.

​​​​Kentuckians struggling with a substance use disorder, either themselves or within their families, can call toll free​ (833) 8KY-HELP (833-859-4357) to spe​ak with a specialist about treatment options and available resources. 

Visit the Find Help Now website to find an addiction treatment facility taking in new clients right now

SAMHSA National Helpline​

Crisis Lines By County​

​Hospital Bridge Clinics 

KORE funds several programs to help hospital emergency departments connect individuals with care. The Bridge Clinic model provides rapid access to services for individuals who experience an overdose or opioid-related complication, including access to medication for OUD, onsite peer support, overdose prevention and linkage to care.  Bridge Clinic Locations are listed below:


  • ​​Appalachian Regional Healthcare - Hazard​

  • Baptist Health Hospital - Corbin

  • Baptist Health Hospital - Lexington​​

  • Baptist Health Hospital - Richmond

  • Norton Hospital​ - Louisville 

  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Kenton County

  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Campbell County

  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Kenton County​

  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Grant County

  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Pendleton County

  • University of Kentucky/UK Healthcare- Lexington​ 


​​Medications for Opioid Use Disorder ​​​

​Medication is a standard form of treatment for opioid use disorder proven to support recovery and reduce the risk of overdose. Medications come in different forms, including buprenorphine, methadone and injectable Vivitrol. Many treatment providers, hospitals, correctional facilities and primary care providers, including several federally qualified health centers​, offer medications for opioid use disorder. ​

Find a methadone treatment program

Find buprenorphine (Suboxone) provider

Overdose Prevention and Naloxone 

Kentuckians can work together to prevent overdose and save lives by learning to spot the signs of overdose and carrying naloxone. First and foremost, if you encounter someone you suspect is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately. These signs can include: ​


  • Unresponsiveness or unconsciousness

  • Slowed or stopped breathing

  • Snoring or gurgling sounds

  • Cold or clammy skin

  • Discolored lips or fingernails


Naloxone is a safe, FDA-approved medication proven to reverse overdoses related to opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioid medication. Often given as a nasal spray, naloxone is easy to use and works to reverse overdoses quickly.

Naloxone is available at most pharmacies in Kentucky and is covered by our state Medicaid plan with no co-pay or out-of-pocket costs to the patient (coverage extends to all MCOs as well as fee-for-service clients). Medicaid covers intranasal naloxone (Narcan®). Narcan® Nasal Spray has a quantity limit of at least one package (two units) per 30 rolling days, depending on the MCO.

Find Naloxone in Kentucky ​​

The Woodford County Health Department's  Harm Reduction Coordinator provides Naloxone at no cost.  The program also provides access to sterile needles and syringes free of cost, facilitates safe disposal of used needles and syringes, and overdose prevention education. The program refers participants to critical services and programs, including substance use disorder treatment programs and screens and tests for HIV, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and other sexually transmitted infections. 

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