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Substance Use

Fatal overdoses rates reach as high as 39 in some Barren River Area counties. For this reason, BRIGHT stakeholders are committed to working towards reducing the amount of overdose deaths in the area. Here are some objectives from the BRIGHT's 2022-2025 Community Health Improvement Plan that focus on substance use in the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). 

Goal 6: Reduce overdose deaths in BRADD.


Objective 6.1: Increase the number of syringe services programs (SSP) in BRADD to 4 and 1 mobile unit by 2025.


Strategy 6.1.1: We will find suitable locations to run the mobile unit to increase SSP’s reach in the community.


Strategy 6.1.2: We will get approval for SSP in 2 more cities/towns.

Objective 6.2: Have four more points of distribution for Naloxone across BRADD by 2025.

Strategy 6.2.1: We will advocate for a Nalox-Box in the community.

Strategy 6.2.2: We will distribute Naloxone in new SSP locations.

Strategy 6.2.3: We will provide education on how and when to use Naloxone.

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