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Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE)
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275 E. Main Street 4WG
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4456
Fax: (502) 564-9010
Hours: Monday–Friday
8:00 am–4:30 pm ET

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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

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Elizabeth Fisher
(502) 782-0032

KORE Overview

Addressing Kentucky's opioid use disorder epidemic is a top priority across all levels of government and public and private partners. While Kentucky has made great strides, much work remains.

Guided by the Recovery-Oriented System of Care Framework, the purpose of the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) is to implement a comprehensive targeted response to Kentucky’s opioid crisis by expanding access to a full continuum of high quality, evidence-based opioid prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction services and supports in high-risk geographic regions of the state.

Informed by data on populations most in need, KORE's target populations include persons who have survived an opioid-related overdose, pregnant and parenting women, justice-involved individuals, children, transition-age youth, and families.

KORE offers Kentucky an opportunity to dedicate much-needed resources to address five overarching goals: (1) preventing opioid misuse and abuse; (2) increasing access to OUD treatment services, including Medication- Assisted Treatment; (3) increasing the availability of recovery support services designed to improve treatment access and retention and support long-term recovery; (4) increasing availability of naloxone; and (5) enhancing statewide coordination and evaluation of healthcare and public safety strategies targeting opioid misuse and overdose.

A comprehensive performance assessment system will support ongoing evaluation of progress against proposed goals, objectives, and activities and guide continuous quality improvement efforts. Though a multifaceted and complex response is necessary, Kentucky’s singular focus is to end the opioid epidemic and to save lives.

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