The quarterly meeting of the Regional Healthcare Coalition was held on February 22, 2017 at The Corbin Center.
Christie Shrader, the Board Coordinator for the Laurel County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) and Chair for Laurel County UNITE, discussed the impact that addiction has had in Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties.
- In 2015 there were 1,248 drug overdose deaths in Kentucky.
- This number was increased from 1,087 in 2014.
- Knox County had 19 drug overdose deaths.
- Laurel County had 12 drug overdose deaths.
- Whitley County had 16 drug overdose deaths.
UNITE works in our communities to provide education and support treatment options for those battling substance use disorder (SUD). Some activities include:
- The “Give Me a Reason” campaign allows parents/guardians to obtain a FREE saliva-based drug testing kit. The non-invasive test is given in the privacy of the home with results in approximately 10 minutes. For more information and to view a listing of locations where the free SalivaScan drug testing kits are available visit http://www.operationunite.org.
- Prevention education provided to area schools by the Laurel County ASAP.
- Voucher program to assist with treatment costs for those with SUD.
- Medication drop boxes at 42 sites throughout UNITE’s region, including one at the London Police Department.
- For a full list of UNITE activities visit http://operationunite.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/UNITE-programs-10-19-16.pdf.
The Tri-County Cancer Coalition has a mission to reduce incidences of cancer; increase access to preventative care and treatment; increase awareness and provide education; link people to needed services; provide community coordination and collaborate with organizations to further their mission. Brandi Gilley, MPH, RDN, LD, shared what the Tri-County Cancer Coalition is doing for those diagnosed with cancer in Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties.
The Tri-County Cancer Coalition provides services such as: linking individuals to screening services, cancer patient support, cancer education and information and linking individuals to tobacco cessation programs in Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties.
Transportation funds are available for cancer patients traveling to and from medical appointments.
Wigs, bandanas, turbans, scarfs, lymphedema sleeves, breast prosthesis and bras, nicotine replacement therapy medications, nutritional supplements and other products may be available to cancer patients as well.
The services provided are free, with all money being raised through donations and fund-raising. The money raised stays in Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties. Services available will depend on current funding. If you would like to make a donation or receive additional information please visit http://www.laurelcohealthdept.org/Tri-County_Cancer_Coalition.html.
For more information on the Regional Healthcare Coalition, email Shannon Adams, MSN, RN, at email@example.com.