SUD Services

​​​​Kentuckians struggling with a substance use disorder, either themselves or within their families, can call toll free​ (833) 8KY-HELP (833-859-4357) to spe​ak with a specialist about treatment options and available resources. 

Visit the Find Help Now website to find an addiction treatment facility taking in new clients right now.

Find Help Now - American Sign Language This video provides additional guidance and information for the deaf and hard of hearing community on finding substance use disorder and addiction options using the Find Help Now website.

SAMHSA National Helpline​

Crisis Lines By County​

​Hospital Bridge Clinics 

KORE funds several programs to help hospital emergency departments connect individuals with care. The Bridge Clinic model provides rapid access to services for individuals who experience an overdose or opioid-related complication, including access to medication for OUD, onsite peer support, overdose prevention and linkage to care.

Bridge Clinic Locations

  • ​​Appalachian Regional Healthcare - Hazard​
  • Baptist Health Hospital - Corbin
  • Baptist Health Hospital - Lexington​​
  • Baptist Health Hospital - Richmond
  • Norton Hospital​ - Louisville 
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Kenton County
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Campbell County
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Kenton County​
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Grant County
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Pendleton County
  • University of Kentucky/UK Healthcare- Lexington​ 

​Medications for Opioid Use Disorder ​​​

​Medication is a standard form of treatment for opioid use disorder proven to support recovery and reduce the risk of overdose. Medications come in different forms, including buprenorphine, methadone and injectable Vivitrol. Many treatment providers, hospitals, correctional facilities and primary care providers, including several federally qualified health centers​, offer medications for opioid use disorder. ​

Find a methadone treatment program

Find buprenorphine (Suboxone) provider

Overdose Prevention and Naloxone 

Kentuckians can work together to prevent overdose and save lives by learning to spot the signs of overdose and carrying naloxone​. First and foremost, if you encounter someone you suspect is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately. These signs can include: ​

  • Unresponsiveness or unconsciousness
  • Slowed or stopped breathing
  • Snoring or gurgling sounds
  • Cold or clammy skin
  • Discolored lips or fingernails

Naloxone is a safe, FDA-approved medication proven to reverse overdoses related to opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioid medication. Often given as a nasal spray, naloxone is easy to use and works to reverse overdoses quickly.

Naloxone is available at most pharmacies in Kentucky and is covered by our state Medicaid plan with no co-pay or out-of-pocket costs to the patient (coverage extends to all MCOs as well as fee-for-service clients). Medicaid covers intranasal naloxone (Narcan®). Narcan® Nasal Spray has a quantity limit of at least one package (two units) per 30 rolling days, depending on the MCO.

Find Naloxone in Kentucky ​​

Harm Reduction 

Currently, Kentucky has 74 safe syringe service programs operating in 62 counties. Community-based SSPs provide access to sterile needles and syringes free of cost, facilitate safe disposal of used needles and syringes and offer safer injection education. SSPs in Kentucky also provides participants with access to critical services and programs, including substance use disorder treatment programs; overdose prevention education; screening, care and treatment for HIV and viral hepatitis; prevention of mother-to-child transmission; hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination; screening for other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis; partner services; and other medical, social and mental health services. KORE partners with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH)  to support numerous SSP programs in Kentucky. More details are available at the KDPH Public Health Harm Reduction Program web page.​

SSP Locations and Operating Hours​​​​