Opioid Addiction is the topic for this month’s Dine with the Docs

September 6, 2018

Opioid Addiction is the topic for this month’s Dine with the Docs

The months of August, September and October are rife with activities to raise awareness to help prevent substance abuse. Beginning with International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, followed by National Recovery Month in September and National Substance Abuse Prevention Month in October, the call to help curb substance abuse and eliminate addiction rings loud and clear.

Locally, one of the ways we are raising awareness is with September’s “Dine with the Docs” program. This month’s program will focus on substance abuse and the national epidemic that, unfortunately, impacts thousands of Kentuckians: opioid addiction.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11, in the Conference Center at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital on the basement level of the East Tower.  A complimentary dinner will be provided in Chatters Café at 5:30 p.m. and the program will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations are required for the dinner and presentation.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Kentucky ranks among the top 10 of states in relation to the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States. Every 15 minutes someone in America dies from an opioid overdose and in 2016, 989 of those opioid deaths occurred in Kentucky.

“Making Communities Healthier” is the Mission of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH). As a part of that Mission, LCRH is working in partnership with a number of organizations and agencies to help raise awareness about and help support solutions for substance abuse.

This month’s “Dine with the Docs” program is being presented in cooperation with the Lake Cumberland District Health Department Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP). The RHOP Mission is to improve quality of life for individuals at-risk for Opioid Use Disorder by building a foundation for individuals to remain sober and reach their potential through a holistic approach. 

The “Dine with the Docs” program will be presented by Tonya Shea, D.O., Family Medicine Specialist. Dr. Shea will provide an overview of opioid addiction and how this relates to Kentucky – including information about infections often related to opioid use such as hepatitis and HIV. She will also review risk factors of opioid addiction and provide information on how to get help for yourself or a loved one. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. 

Dr. Shea is a graduate of the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was elected local chapter President of the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She is a 2018 graduate of the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, where she served as Co-Chief Resident. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Christian Medical Association, Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Shea also serves as a member of the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Ethics Committee and has numerous professional presentations to her credit. Dr. Shea will join the teaching faculty of the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program this fall, and will be a practicing physician at the Lake Cumberland Medical Associates Family Medicine Clinic.

Susan Adams, RHOP Public Health Services Coordinator, will also provide a short overview of the services provided by the Rural Health Opioid Program, including case management services available for individuals who live in the Lake Cumberland area at risk for OUD, and will also provide information about the LCDHD needle exchange program.

“Dine with the Docs” is a regular monthly program series developed to educate interested persons regarding important health issues.  The programs are sponsored as a public service by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and the Lake Cumberland Chapter of Senior Friends.  For more information or to make required reservations, call 606-678-3274.