Northern Kentucky is Dr. Jerome Adams’ First Regional Visit to Discuss
His Recently Released Advisory on Naloxone
United States Surgeon General Honorable Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H will be in Northern Kentucky to discuss his public health advisory that urges more Americans to carry naloxone, a lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
The medication, naloxone, is already carried by many first responders, such as EMTs and police officers. The Surgeon General is now recommending that more individuals, including family, friends and those who are personally at risk for an opioid overdose, also keep the drug on hand.
The Surgeon General will also join Dr. Jeffrey Howard, Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS); Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health at NKY Health; and individuals in recovery, who have benefited from the life-saving medication, and their family members, in the following activities:
- Observing a naloxone training demonstration. (Media are invited to receive training and a free kit.) (Approximate time: 10 a.m.)
- Touring the DPH Mobile Pharmacy Harm Reduction Unit. (Media are invited to join the tour.) Supported by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, the mobile unit’s operators train residents across Kentucky on how to recognize a drug overdose and the proper technique to administer naloxone. It also provides free HIV and hepatitis C testing and offers referrals to treatment for substance use disorders. (Approximate time: 10:10 a.m.)
- Dr. Adams will be available for interviews after the mobile unit tour. (Approximate time: 10:20 a.m.)
10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m., Monday, April 9
NKY Health (8001 Veterans Memorial Drive, Florence, Ky., 41042)
- The naloxone training demonstration will occur inside NKY Health’s offices.
- The DPH Mobile Pharmacy Harm Reduction Unit will be parked in the NKY Health parking lot, immediately outside the building.