Individuals in Kentucky, one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, who turn to Facebook to find resources for recovery from substance use disorder may now find themselves pointed toward a tool developed by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), a research center located at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. On May 21, Facebook and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids + Center on Addiction launched Stop Opioid Silence (SOS), a national public awareness campaign to help break the stigma and shame associated with opioid addiction. The campaign includes the sending of resources via Facebook Messenger to individuals and families who are looking for support. For Facebook users in Kentucky, one of the resources included is FindHelpNowKY.org, a project spearheaded by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center.
FindHelpNowKY.org incorporates customized searches for treatment programs in the state of Kentucky alongside near real-time information on openings and availability. The website operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be searched anonymously.Friday Letter Submission