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Alexandria Police Program to Be Featured on KET Opioid Forum

The Alexandria Police Department will be featured on an upcoming KET show.

The statewide education television network is broadcasting its second forum on Kentucky's heroin and opioid crisis.

Disrupting the Opioid Epidemic: A KET Forum, hosted by Renee Shaw, features a panel of experts, a live studio audience, and three feature segments. The program airs Monday, July 30 at 8 p.m. on KET (locally, WCET).

Scheduled panelists are:

  • Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy;
  • Allen Brenzel, MD, MBA, medical/clinical director for the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities;
  • Jennifer Hancock, president and CEO of Volunteers of American Mid-States;
  • And Russell Coleman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Additional scheduled guests include:

David and Kayla Greene, founders of the Dominique Jason Greene Foundation. Their son Dominique lost his life to a heroin overdose.

Scott Hesseltine, MBA, LCADC, vice president of addiction services at Centerstone, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health care.

Phillip K. Chang, MD, FACS, chief medical officer at UK HealthCare.

And Ardis D. Hoven, MD, infectious disease specialist at the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Segment features include:

The Harm Reduction Pharmacy Van, a partnership between the Kentucky Pharmacists Association and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, travels to local communities to deliver free naloxone, along with training on how to use it. This segment visits the Jessamine County Health Department to see the van in action.

At the Alexandria Police Department in Campbell County, a police social worker, along with volunteer “angels,” reaches out to people who have recently overdosed to help them get into treatment and then find supportive housing, employment and other vital services after treatment. 

Students from Ashland Middle School in Boyd County invented a device that helps people pick up discarded heroin needles without the risk of skin puncture. The students won a national award from Samsung with a $150K prize for their school.

In the past two years, KET has produced almost 30 programs on the issue as part of its nationally recognized Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.

-Staff report