Barren River Health Department announces opioid response plan

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The Barren River District Health Department will soon be launching opioid and substance abuse response plans in all eight counties it serves to combat the local drug crisis.

The health department is receiving a share of $740,000 that the state has received through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Barren River District Health Department plans to use the funds to host community forums in all eight counties.

The forums will include educational presentations on harm reduction from public health professionals.

The goal of the forums is to improve the community’s understanding of the importance of harm reduction, to reduce the social stigma surrounding substance use disorder, and to lay the
foundation for the opioid and substance abuse response plans that will help lower disease transmission, overdose rates, and improperly disposed needles.

The Barren River District Health Department represents Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Simpson and Warren Counties.