WEKU | By Stan Ingold



Kentucky’s top prosecutor is asking federal agencies to permanently extend telehealth options for people dealing with opioid use disorder. This service is set to end once the federal COVID-19 public health emergency ends. Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined AGs from 41 other states and Puerto Rico, Guam, and Washington D.C. in the request.

Bryan Hubbard is the chair and executive director of the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Commission. He said the commission has been holding town hall meetings across the commonwealth and he said there is a common complaint.

“One of the biggest issues that has been brought to our attention is the ability to access care and the ability to receive and utilize transportation services that are often sparse in the state in order to get there.”

He said the telehealth option could benefit those who may be hesitant to reach out for help.

“It allows somebody who may feel a great deal of shame about their situation to discreetly and privately utilize the technology to access the treatment they otherwise might be willing to step forward and receive.”

The next town hall meeting will be held in Paducah on Tuesday, November 29th.

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Stan Ingold is WEKU’s News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.