August 21, 2014

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NKY first methadone clinic to open

By Terry DeMio, The Kentucky Enquirer

Hundreds of addicts and their families have already reached out to Northern Kentucky’s first full-service substance-abuse treatment center, the first in the area to provide methadone therapy.

NKY Med Clinic at 1717 Madison Ave. opened its door August 8 in Covington.

In a region experiencing a heroin epidemic with skyrocketing overdoses, the clinic is welcomed among leaders battling the crisis.

“Methadone treatment is one of the standards of care for outpatient maintenance of opioid addiction,” said Dr. Jeremy Engel, a public health activist and St. Elizabeth’s physician who leads the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Workgroup.