COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The first full-service substance-abuse treatment center that offers methadone therapy has opened in northern Kentucky.
The Kentucky Enquirer (bit.ly/1798aHS) reports NKY Med Clinic opened this month in Covington and instantly had hundreds of addicts and families reaching out for help.
The clinic opened as the region fights a heroin epidemic and the number of overdose deaths has skyrocketed. Leaders battling illegal drugs welcomed the center.
"Methadone treatment is one of the standards of care for outpatient maintenance of opioid addiction," said Dr. Jeremy Engel, a public health activist and St. Elizabeth's physician who leads the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Workgroup.
"Our community will save lives, reduce crime, decrease mortality and help these people move into a healthier, productive life," Engel said.
Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, said the clinic is one of 12 across the state and the only one in northern Kentucky.