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Promote the integration of state and local drug overdose prevention resources, interventions, and capacity building by working with communities to increase access to local data, timely analytical results, and overdose prevention resources, with a focus on controlled substance prescribing, drug-related injury and fatality trends, community-based program development and capacity building; linking ongoing naloxone distribution efforts throughout the state; working with pharmacists on safe opioid prescribing and harm reduction practices; sponsoring Jail Education Programs, the Kentucky Poison Control Center Opioid Call Center for referral to substance use disorder information and treatment, and innovative intervention projects by local health departments; funding Kentucky’s annual Harm Reduction Summit; and facilitating the Kentucky Drug Overdose Prevention Workgroup. 

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  • Program Evaluation: What, Why, When, and How
    • Like eating healthy foods and exercising regularly, program evaluation is something that we all recognize that we need to do but that often doesn't make it to the top of our priority list. Yet, just as diet and exercise are keys to a healthy lifestyle, a strong evaluation process is key to the health and effectiveness of your programs. This one-hour seminar explains the evaluation process and how to integrate evaluation into your programs.  Evaluation isn't difficult, it will improve your programs and help you justify the resources you need for effective prevention efforts, and it doesn't require you to avoid chocolate cake. To schedule this seminar for your organization, contact Genia McKee at genia.mckee@uky.edu or click this link  to fill out the Request Form (write Program Evaluation Presentation in the text box).
  • Drug Overdose Prevention Tackle Box
    • The Drug Overdose Prevention Tackle Box contains two sections. The first outlines how to design an overdose prevention strategy best-suited for a particularly community. The second section includes descriptions of evidence-based and evidence-informed drug overdose prevention programs. The information in this tackle box is designed to help Kentucky’s communities encourage individuals to avoid inappropriate or illicit substance use if they are not already using substances and to seek treatment if they are already a substance user.
  • The Local Lens
    • The podcast from the Powell County CARES project goes into Powell County’s experience with the drug epidemic through interviews. The show gathers the perspectives from all kinds of different people who see the opioid crisis differently, so all can have a more holistic view of what is happening everywhere in the community.
  • Fentanyl Test Strip Training
    • This resource provides: steps on how to use fentanyl test strips (FTS); harm reduction strategies that can be utilized to reduce the risk of a drug overdose and; steps on how to administer Narcan in the event of a drug overdose.

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Drug Overdose Prevention Tackle Box

The Drug Overdose Prevention Tackle Box contains two sections. The first outlines how to design an overdose prevention strategy best-suited for a particularly community. The second section includes descriptions of evidence-based and evidence-informed drug overdose prevention programs.