OA Chronicles

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There’s been a lot of media coverage lately about Lexington’s relatively new community paramedicine program.  That’s an initiative undertaken by the Lexington Fire Department and the UK College of Social Work with the goal of saving citizens, local government, and private insurers thousands of dollars by reducing the number of ambulance runs for frequent callers to 911.  Just last week Mayor Linda Gorton acknowledged the importance of keeping the program going in the face of tight budget times.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine we hear from Dr. Alison Gibson, an assistant professor in the UK College of Social Work, and one of the architects of the community paramedicine program.

Arbor Youth Services

Every day, a young man or woman turns 18 and becomes homeless; and depending on the survey, Kentucky ranks either at or near the bottom nationally when it comes to Youth Homelessness.  Not surprisingly a good number of these young adults are struggling with opioid addiction.  In the latest installment of our series, the OA Chronicles, Independent producer Nadia Ramlagan takes us to  Arbor Youth Services, an emergency shelter for children located in downtown Lexington.

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Earlier this year the city of Lexington launched a pilot community paramedicine program, which aims to reduce costly 911 calls.  In this edition of the OA Chronicles independent producer Nadia Ramlagan reports on how the program is helping those struggling with addiction.

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On the eve of House Bill 1, which becomes law July 1st, independent producer Nadia Ramlagan spoke with Gracie, a 32-year-old mother of two boys, who is now in recovery from opioid addiction.

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Every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal; that’s according to a report recently released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Many of us at one time or another have benefited from a kind word of encouragement when we’re going through difficult struggles, and that’s especially true for individuals caught up in the throes of addiction.  In this latest installment of the OA Chronicles, (OA in this case standing for Opioid Addiction), independent producer Nadia Ramlagan highlights the first organized effort in Kentucky to do just that.

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Independent Producer Nadia Ramlagan kicks off her series of reports on the opioid crisis by spending a day at the Fayette County Health Department's weekly needle exchange.  The OA Chronicles can be heard exclusively on WUKY.