Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program to Begin in Adair County

Attention Adair County. Recently, the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health, the Adair County Board of Health, the Columbia City Council, and the Adair County Fiscal Court have given their consent to begin a Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program in Adair County. The health department anticipates an operational program within a couple months. The public will be notified officially when the start date is set.  The goal of these Syringe Exchange Programs are to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV and keeping dirty needles out of our parks and off our roadsides.  You can learn more about this here: […]

Naloxone Reverses Opioid Overdoses

Do you know someone at risk of drug overdose? Naloxone reverses Opioid overdoses. You can stop an overdose death! On Monday, June 5th there will be a free and open to the public opportunity to receive free doses of Naloxone. No appointment is necessary. Walk-in between 2:00 pm — 6:00 pm EST to the Taylor County Health Department.  The address is 1880 N. Bypass Road, Campbellsville, KY 42718. Call 270-465-4191 for more information. We will provide education on overdose prevention and education on how to safely give Naloxone.  There will also be free Rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Naloxone trainings will […]

2017 Rabies Clinics Dates Posted

Did you know that every year an estimated 30,000-40,000 U.S. residents are potentially exposed to rabies and require human rabies post-exposure prophylaxis? In the past few years there have been over 50 animals that have tested positive for rabies in Kentucky. Rabies threatens all members of the family, including pets. When left untreated, rabies is almost always fatal. However, it is 100% preventable. This is why we must take the appropriate steps to prevent and control rabies in our communities. Although the majority of cases of rabies occur in the wildlife population, most humans are exposed to the virus as […]

Naloxone Reverses Opioid Overdoses

Do you know someone at risk of drug overdose? Naloxone reverses Opioid overdoses. You can stop an overdose death! On Wednesday, May 31st there will be a free and open to the public opportunity to receive free doses of Naloxone. No appointment is necessary. Walk-in between 3:00 pm — 6:00 pm CST to the Russell County Health Department. Enter at the Environmental Entrance. The address is 211 Fruit of the Loom Drive, Jamestown, KY 42629. Call 270-343-2181 for more information. We will provide education on overdose prevention and education on how to safely give Naloxone.  There will also be free […]

Syringe Exchange/Harm Reduction Program

The estimated lifetime cost of treating Hepatitis C can be near $85,000.00. Kentucky has the highest rates of Hepatitis C in the nation by far. The most common way of contracting Hepatitis C is by the sharing of dirty needles. A syringe exchange/harm reduction program can help prevent the spread of Hepatitis C and save millions in medical treatment costs.

Naloxone Dispensing Clinic provided by Kentucky Department for Public Health a Success

On March 31st, 2017 the Pulaski County Health Department hosted a free naloxone dispensing clinic provided by the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Naloxone reverses opiate (heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone etc.) effects and can prevent death from heroin overdose. Kentucky has seen a dramatic increase in overdose deaths in the last several years. Preventing these deaths allows the individual a second chance at life and seeking help. Concerned citizens were educated on naloxone use and provided with 2 doses of 4mg naloxone nasal spray for administration to individuals in respiratory failure due to opiate use. Education and dispensing were provided by […]

Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program to Begin in Russell County

Attention Russell County. Recently, the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health, the Russell County Board of Health, the Jamestown City Council, and the Russell County Fiscal Court have given their consent to begin a Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program in Russell County. The health department anticipates an operational program within a couple or three months. The public will be notified officially when the start date is set. Please watch the video below to learn about, “Why in the World Would You Give a Needle to a Drug Addict?”

Wash Your HANDS

HAND WASHING Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections such as Influenza (flu) and Pink Eye. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of viruses like the flu and other germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. Watch video below. INFLUENZA Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and people will have […]

Arthritis Limits Daily Activities

Arthritis Limits Daily Activities of 24 million US Adults: Symptoms can be reduced with physical activity and educational programs More than 24 million adults with arthritis have activity limitations from their disease. The percentage of adults with arthritis who have activity limitations grew from 35.9% in 2002 to 42.8% in 2014, a significant increase of 20% overall and independent of the aging of the population. The everyday activities of these adults are limited by arthritis, such as holding a cup, lifting a grocery bag, or walking to their car, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report released today. More […]