Report: Kentucky Overdose Deaths Increased Nearly 50% In 2020

Addiction Recovery Care (ARC), a leading provider of treatment and recovery services in the commonwealth, issued the following statement today in response to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy’s 2020 Overdose Fatality Report released this week:

“Addiction does not discriminate and impacts people of all backgrounds and walks of life. The 1,964 Kentuckians who lost their lives to overdoses in 2020 were mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, friends, colleagues, and neighbors,” said Matt Brown, senior vice president of administration for Addiction Recovery Care. “Amid increased substance use and mental health needs spurred by the pandemic, the drug supply has also continued to see an alarming increase in fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. The comprehensive treatment and recovery services provided by ARC have never been so important.”

“Our treatment on-demand model is focused on getting individuals on the path to recovery as soon as they have that moment of clarity and decide to seek help. People can reach out to ARC directly through text, chat, phone call, or email any time, day or night, and be screened and accepted into our program. If an individual doesn’t have access to transportation, ARC is ready and available to pick them up from anywhere in the state and get them to treatment as soon as possible. Individuals who enter our treatment program receive a clinical evaluation and are seen by a medical provider all within a 24-hour period,” added Brown.

“No matter how badly you are struggling, there is a place here for you at ARC, along with a team full of medical professionals, counselors and others who are committed to helping you find a treatment plan that will give you the very best chance at long-term recovery.”

Matt Brown and other ARC leaders are available for in-person, virtual and phone interviews regarding the 2020 Overdose Fatality Report and other relevant topics.


About Addiction Recovery Care (ARC)

Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) operates a network of more than 38 addiction treatment centers in 16 Eastern and Central Kentucky counties. The organization, headquartered in Louisa, Kentucky, offers a full continuum of care including withdrawal management, long-term residential treatment, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medically assisted treatment (MAT), vocational rehabilitation, and job training. The treatment centers are holistic with CARF-accredited clinical programs, medical services directed by an addiction psychiatrist, a spiritual emphasis that includes the 12 steps and chaplaincy care, and a broadening scope of vocational training opportunities for clients. 

ARC has a focus on providing Treatment on Demand to ensure individuals receive treatment immediately without delay. This process includes quick enrollment into programs and transportation provided by ARC to one of our facilities. Individuals will have a clinical and medical assessment within 24 hours of arrival. 

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