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Volunteers Sought to Pass Out Heroin Information in Taylor Mill

Taylor Mill is the latest city to team up with Kenton County, the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, Planning & Development Services of Kenton County, and the Northern Kentucky Health Department to bring more attention to heroin abuse in the community.

Volunteers will go door-to-door on Saturday, April 29 to distribute 4,000 informational door hangers to residents. Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann, Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell and other members of the city commission, will be joined by volunteers to canvass neighborhoods.

Those interested in participating should be at Pride Park (5614 Taylor Mill Rd.) at 11:15 a.m. for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Kenton County, in collaboration with the Northern KY Office of Drug Control, Kenton County Detention Center, and Boone and Campbell Counties, has created a regional heroin helpline to provide quick response for first responders to intervene with individuals and deal with overdoses.  

“The Northern Kentucky Addiction Helpline is a critical tool in helping those struggling with opiate and heroin addition,” said Knochelmann. “Streamlining access to treatment saves lives, and bringing our community together to spread the word about the helpline is an important part of this effort.”

The helpline number is 859-415-9280 and will be staffed 24 hours per day.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center handled over 1,100 overdose emergencies in 2015, over 200 drug-related deaths, and more than 100 babies were born to addicted mothers. 

Community partners working with county leaders have taken the following steps so far this year to tackle the growing problem:

  • Creation of the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, led by Kim Moser, that is mapping out a strategic plan for how our region can attack this epidemic.
  • A nationally recognized substance abuse treatment program at the Kenton County Detention Center started by Jailer Terry Carl that is currently working with 125 men and women, making it one of the largest treatment facilities in Northern Kentucky.
  • Regional Heroin Helpline (859.415.9280) that has already been recognized as a model in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for helping folks access treatment.
  • Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties have been added to the federally-designated Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), to make additional resources available to our local law enforcement agencies.
  • Establishing a Quick Response Team, mixing the best qualities of multiple first responder agencies, to intervene with individuals who have previously overdosed.

PDS has provided assistance by mapping the city into sub areas, making it easy for volunteers to fan out into the neighborhoods at the kick-off event on Saturday. Coffee, water, and other refreshments will be available for the volunteers.

For more information, or to volunteer to distribute door hangers on April 29, RSVP to Sara Sgantas at 859.392.1400 or [email protected]

-Staff report