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KET’s Health Threee60 investigates ways to stop drug addiction before it starts


KET’s Health Threee60 investigates ways to stop drug addiction before it starts

For Release: 06/23/17 9:18 AM

With the opioid crisis raging both in Kentucky and nationwide, individuals, communities and experts are focusing on ways to prevent substance abuse before it begins. Their efforts are the focus of Health Three60: Stopping Drug Use Before It Starts, premiering Monday, July 10 at 9/8 pm on KET.

Hosted by Renee Shaw, the program features individuals fighting on the front lines of substance abuse prevention – including Kayla and David Green, Kentucky parents who lost their son, Domonique Green, to an overdose, as well as educators, community program leaders, state and federal health policy experts, law enforcement officials, and more.

Confirmed guests include representatives from the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health; the KY School Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) Network, an initiative of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Coordinated School Health program; the Carter County Drug Free Coalition, Operation UNITE, DEA Louisville District Office; and Operation Parent.

The program also features video segments from the 2017 National Rx Drug and Heroin Summit held in Atlanta in April, including an interview with Sue Thau, director of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, who notes that the key to preventing drug abuse is having multiple lines of offense.

“There is no one program, no one strategy, no one activity that’s going to inoculate kids against using drugs – it takes a village,” Thau says.

The program is part of KET’s Inside Opioid Addiction initiative, which is working to elevate awareness of the complex issues that surround this public health crisis.

Health Three60: Stopping Drug Use Before It Starts is a KET production, produced by Laura Krueger and Justin Allen.

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