Substance Abuse Intervention Programming Update


In Tuesday’s Social Services and Public Safety Committee, Substance Use Disorder Intervention Coordinator Carmen Combs Mark will present an update on the substance abuse intervention work in Lexington.

  • Fayette County is heavily impacted by overdose deaths and substance abuse. In 2023, there were 1,998 overdoses in Lexington, with 177 of those being fatal.

Lexington’s Overdose Prevention Coordinator, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, and other partners have conducted naloxone training and distribution across Lexington, including at non-traditional locations such as bus stops and gas stations where a high need for naloxone distribution was identified.

LFUCG has also been operating the Recovery Supportive Living Assistance, which provides those who face financial barriers toward accessing recovery housing up to $400 in one-time funds. The program assisted 500 individuals so far in Fiscal Year 2024.

The Opioid Abatement Commission has been meeting monthly to discuss how to manage Lexington’s Opioid Abatement Settlement Funds. Over the next 16 years, Lexington will receive yearly payments that will total  $14,332,969. These payments come from litigation against large opioid manufacturers and distributors. To date, Lexington has received $5.9 million of these funds.

You can review the presentation slides starting on page eight of this packet.

The Social Services and Public Safety Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14th at 1pm in Council Chambers. You can attend in-person or watch live on LexTV.

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