Louisville leaders create new approach to fight opioid epidemic

Louisville leaders create new approach to fight opioid epidemic
Drug court brags of bringing the hammer down on drug abuse and crime.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A new plan to fight the opioid epidemic was announced Friday by Louisville city leaders.

Mayor Greg Fischer and the Health Department released a report along with a two-year action plan to address drug abuse.

It's called "Coming Together for Hope, Healing and Recovery."

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The plan includes programs to help steer emergency room patients into treatment, increase the number of sober living residences, and more job placement opportunities for addicts working to get clean.

"Let's be clear," Mayor Fischer said. "This is a serious, long-term challenge. This battle may never be over, but implementing these recommendations will put us on the right path and start saving more lives."

Overdose deaths in Louisville have increased every year since 2011 -- peaking at 312 in 2016.

To read the full 76-page report, click or tap here.

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