Kentucky is a southeastern state surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and the Ohio River, home to about 4.5 million people. Kentucky's largest city is Louisville, but the capital city is Frankfurt. Wth the annual Kentucky Derby preceded by a two-week celebration and festival, visitors and tourists have flocked there to enjoy this singular racing event, while others come for the state's natural parks and forests.
Kentucky is one of the ten most unhealthy states in the country, and many factors account for this ranking. According to the Kentucky Epidemiological Profile, approximately 26.1 percent of Kentucky high school students are current smokers, compared to 18.2 percent nationally, and the prevalence of pregnant women who smoke in Kentucky is nearly double the national average (40 percent versus 26 percent). Alcohol consumption in Kentucky is also well above the national average, with the highest frequency of past-month binge drinking in the United States; an average of 5.9 bingeing episodes, compared to 4.4 for the nation.
Kentucky is one of several states in the nation to be ravaged by the opioid epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Kentucky well exceeds the national average with its opioid overdose death rate of 23.6 per 100,000 people, nearly double the national average of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people. Additionally, heroin-related deaths in Kentucky rose from 143 to 311 since 2012, and deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil have risen from 70 to 465 in the same period.
Whereas many states with higher opioid overdose death rates have a conversely lower rate of opioid prescriptions, Kentucky health providers wrote an astonishing 97 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2015 while the national average for opioid prescriptions was 70 per 100 persons. As a result, Kentucky is among the top-ten states with the highest opioid-related overdose deaths in the nation, and this is evident in the addiction treatment admissions as well.
According to the 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), the most common primary substance of abuse for treatment admissions in the state was for heroin or another opioid by more than twice the number of alcohol-related admissions.
Kentucky has almost four hundred addiction treatment facilities and programs in the state, and there are several options for treatment care, populations, and accepted forms of payment.
Some of the levels of care available in Kentucky include the following:
Kentucky programs welcome and treat individuals from all populations, including:
Payment for addiction treatment in Kentucky can be arranged through several sources, which include:
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