Back in 2014, overdoses from synthetic opioids like fentanyl shot up like one of Elon Musk’s rockets. They’ve been hovering up there in space ever since.
Uh-oh. Just when you thought we were getting a handle on both the Covid Pandemic and the Opioid Epidemic (or, if you prefer, the Twindemic), along comes another one-two punch merging both. It springs from treating Long Covid sufferers with opioids — and it’s about to wreak a new havoc.
Heroin outreach often does more than it’s intended; however the HOPE Initiative proves it can do even more still. Much more. Then again, when the local FBI office leads the charge and a region’s best and brightest high schoolers are issued a challenge, well, more is pretty much par for the course.
Addiction may not discriminate based on race, creed, color or income, but recovery certainly does. Especially when it comes to availability. Hazelden Betty Ford wants to change all that. And their consequent Recovery Equity could be just the effort to do so.
Finding employment after prison or rehab is probably one of the highest hurdles a person can face. The Kentucky Comeback is hoping to change all that — one second chance at a time.