Addressing addiction and the grim reality many in the Louisville region face.Mothers at a roundtable discussion in Hillview were brought together by a similar pain of losing a child to addiction. “He had evidentially taken a pill that was oxytocin. He split it in half because the other half was on the back of the toilet and when the autopsy came back, that half a pill was a 100% fentanyl, “Rita Bishop said of her son Dalton.Sharon Hoover holds up the picture she took with her son in 2020 . Later that year, he died. “He went looking for more pain medicine because what he was prescribed wasn’t doing the job anymore,” Hoover said. “Before he got out of the apartment where he bought oxytocin, he was dead.” Addiction in Kentucky: Kentucky ranks 3rd in US after CDC says overdose deaths reached record high during pandemicCongressman Brett Guthrie represents Kentucky’s second congressional district and is on the health care sub-committee in Congress. “Seventy percent in 2020 of all Kentuckians who overdosed were illicit fentanyl,” Guthrie said. He along with law enforcement and addiction treatment specialists spent more than an hour sharing their stories and their ideas to combat the issue. From more patient facilities to better access to jobs and patient services.Guthrie says his comprehensive opioid recovery bill, which establishes a grant program aimed at providing facilities with Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments and more services, just got approved for funding.More services : Kentucky receiving $ 10 million for addiction prevention services “It gets people in recovery programs that offer different services based on the person,” Guthrie told WLKY.For Hoover, she says she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure other mothers don’t feel her pain. “All I have memories and the hope that maybe we can save one life through this,” Hoover said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says from April 2020 to April 2021, Kentucky ranked fourth in the country in overdose deaths with more than 2,300.

Addressing addiction and the grim reality many in the Louisville region face.

Mothers at a roundtable discussion in Hillview were brought together by a similar pain of losing a child to addiction.

“He had evidentially taken a pill that was oxytocin. He split it in half because the other half was on the back of the toilet and when the autopsy came back, that half a pill was a 100% fentanyl,” Rita Bishop said of her son Dalton.

Sharon Hoover holds up the picture she took with her son in 2020. Later that year, he died.

“He went looking for more pain medicine because what he was prescribed wasn’t doing the job anymore,” Hoover said. “Before he got out of the apartment where he bought oxytocin, he was dead.”

Addiction in Kentucky: Kentucky ranks 3rd in US after CDC says overdose deaths reached record high during pandemic

Congressman Brett Guthrie represents Kentucky’s second congressional district and is on the health care sub-committee in Congress.

“Seventy percent in 2020 of all Kentuckians who overdosed were illicit fentanyl,” Guthrie said.

He along with law enforcement and addiction treatment specialists spent more than an hour sharing their stories and their ideas to combat the issue. From more patient facilities to better access to jobs and patient services.

Guthrie says his comprehensive opioid recovery bill, which establishes a grant program aimed at providing facilities with Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments and more services, just got approved for funding.

More services: Kentucky receiving $ 10 million for addiction prevention services

“It gets people in recovery programs that offer different services based on the person,” Guthrie told WLKY.

For Hoover, she says she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure other mothers don’t feel her pain.

“All I have are memories and the hope that maybe we can save one life through this,” Hoover said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says from April 2020 to April 2021, Kentucky ranked fourth in the country in overdose deaths with more than 2,300.

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