Meanwhile, a growing percentage of Kentucky adults said they know a friend or family member who has experienced problems as a result of using drugs, the KHIP report found.
KHIP is an annual telephone poll of Kentucky adults about health and policy issues that affect health; it is funded jointly by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, and Interact for Health.
"Our message is that treatment works and recovery is possible," said Katie Marks, Ph.D., Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) Project Director. "Engagement in evidence-based treatment enables a person to address the biological, psychological, and social factors associated with a substance use disorder. Kentucky is rapidly expanding access to the full continuum of high quality substance use treatment and recovery support services."
The most frequent reason reported for not entering treatment was that the person didn't want to quit using drugs, which happened 35 percent of the time. Another 17 percent said the friend or family member didn't believe they had a problem. Nine percent said the person with a problem had died. Other less frequent answers included "can't afford it" and "no treatment available nearby."
"While it is encouraging that more people are entering treatment for substance use, ensuring there are no barriers to accessing quality treatment is critical," said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "Policies and programs should support access in the community and without regard to income."
Kentucky also has developed a website to help residents find addiction treatment called Find Help Now. Visit https://findhelpnowky.org/ or call 1-833-8KY-HELP. Additional resources for treatment and recovery may be found on Kentucky's Office of Drug Policy at https://odcp.ky.gov/Pages/Treatment-Resources.aspx as well as the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Adult Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Services Branch at http://dbhdid.ky.gov/dbh/adultsa.aspx. Anyone having a medical emergency should call 911 immediately.
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About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth