State and local dignitaries came together Thursday in Old Louisville to celebrate the opening of Freedom House, for moms recovering from drug abuse. Volunteers of America also will provide some outpatient services for the general public at the building on 2nd Street.
Citing a local and national shortage of forensic pathologists amid the dramatic rise of fatal overdoses and the opioid epidemic, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is partnering with UofL and UK to strengthen the state Medical Examiner's Office and improve the retainment of such doctors.
The 40215 ZIP code stretching from Churchill Downs south to the Beechmont neighborhood was hit the hardest by the opioid crisis last year, with 27 residents dying from a drug overdose and 51 total overdose deaths in that area.
Nearly 400 people died of an accidental drug overdose in Louisville last year -- a 22.5 percent increase from 2016's record high -- with 64 percent of those fatalities involving the powerful opioid fentanyl.