Hotline aims to help Kentucky combat opioid crisis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – Kentucky has a new resource to battle the commonwealth’s opioid epidemic.

The Kentucky Poison Control Center of Norton Children’s Hospital has launched a 24/7 support hotline for healthcare providers, patients and first responders on opioid related issues.

The Kentucky Opioid Assistance & Resource (OAR) Hotline – (800) 854-6813 – is staffed by toxicology – certified nurses and pharmacists who provide help.

The hotline will serve all of Kentucky and provide around the clock support.

It will offer advice to the public on safe medication disposal, where to get naloxone and how to use it. They can also connect users to Operation UNITE for substance use disorder treatment.

First responders will be given advice on decontamination and management for those who may have been exposed to fentanyl or other opioids at a scene.

The hotline will also offer healthcare providers with recommendations of safe opioid prescribing, managing patient withdrawal and using medication-assisted therapy for opioid use disorders.

In 2017, Kentucky reported more than 1,100 opioid-involved deaths – a rate of 27.9 deaths per 100,000 people – which is nearly twice the national average.

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(This story was originally published on September 5, 2019)

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