UPDATE 2-15-17: Click here to view “Inside Opioid Addiction” Forum on KET.
Operation UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale will be featured in a special Kentucky Educational Television (KET) program, “Inside Opioid Addiction Forum,” to be aired at 9 pm on Monday, February 13.
The Forum was taped before an audience featuring many from southern and eastern Kentucky at KET’s studios in Lexington on Thursday, February 2.
Preceding the forum, at 8 pm, KET will present a new documentary, “Journey To Recovery,” that explores personal stories of triumph over addiction using various recovery programs. Read related story
Participating in the opioid forum with Hale were: John Tilley, Secretary of Kentucky’s Justice & Public Safety Cabinet; Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Secretary of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health & Family Services; Tara Moseley, State Program Director for Young People in Recovery; Charlotte Wethington, People Advocating People and Casey’s Law advocate; and Emerson Goodwin, Corporate Regional Director of KentuckyCare.
Other participants in the forum were state Senator Whitney Westerfield, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Patrick Padget, Executive Vice President of the Kentucky Medical Association; and Dr. Allen Brenzel, Clinical Director for the Department of Behavioral Health.
“Inside Opioid Addiction Forum” was hosted by KET’s Renee Shaw and addressed a wide range of issues including:
- Addiction as a long-term chronic disease
- Access and availability of treatment
- The role of family and community support
- Law enforcement and public policy
- Prevention and education
“We have a responsibility to help people understand” the challenges and hopes surrounding substance use disorders, Hale said during the forum. She stressed the importance of Kentucky implementing a K-12 curriculum, a strategy that gained support from the other panelists.