National campaign directs Facebook users to KIPRC-developed site for addiction treatment options
May 27, 2019
Individuals using Facebook to seek 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). On May 21, 2019, 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. The website is provided by Kentucky's Office of the Governor, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center as bona fide agent of Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, and University of Kentucky. Funded by CDC grant number 6NU17CE002732-03-02 in partnership with Operation UNITE.
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