Addiction In The Pandemic: The $350M Effort To Heal Communities In Opioid Crisis


MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — The Madison County health department in Kentucky has kept its harm reduction program open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to continue its work against the other epidemic afflicting the region: the addiction crisis. Through the program, people can exchange needles, receive referrals for addiction treatment services, and get training to use the overdose-reversal drug Narcan.

Laura Nagle, a risk reduction specialist at the department, said they use a van to provide training and doses of Narcan in area communities such as Richmond.

“The mobile unit is a part of Madison County’s harm reduction team, but [the University of Kentucky] provides the Narcan.