Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-09-20 19:22:24 –
Georgetown, Kentucky (LEX 18) —Georgetown police are sirening about recent overdose. They say some numbers this year have exceeded last year’s numbers.
This year is not over yet. Recovery coaches say it may be time to make a difference when it comes to educating children.
Corey Council, a recovery coach at the Georgetown Police Department, said:
“That made me move away from my normal career and find my purpose.”
His purpose was not always in this department. He has been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years. He made another call after losing his son David.
“For the first three to six months, I was just jumping in and trying to find my answer,” said the Council.
The call is now taking place in Georgetown, where non-fatal overdose is skyrocketing every month.
According to police data, there were 29 non-fatal overdose cases in Georgetown last August. In August 2020, there were only two cases.
Becky Rhodes, a victim advocate for the Georgetown Police Department, said: “In spite of all our efforts and increasing access to the community, the number of individuals experiencing overdose I’m not catching up. “
“We see children looking younger and younger,” said the Council. “I think we need to start education sooner, like in grades 5 and 6.”
According to the data, there were eight overdose in 2020 among people aged 16-25. So far in 2021, it has more than tripled to 29.
“Being isolated and at home means that many children stay at home alone when their parents are at work,” says the Council.
He suggests ways in which we can all be part of the solution.
“Watch your child,” he says. “If they go to a friend’s house, make sure you know your friends and parents. It must be a community fix.”
Police also remind us that the numbers on the chart are the minimum. That is, they do not include overdose where first responders were not called.