WVLK Radio in Lexington will host a day-long program to talk about the opioid epidemic on Nov. 13 titled, “Enough: Opioid Awareness Day.”
“We just thought it was a singular issue where it was right to spend an entire day to try to find solutions and to discuss the intent of the problem,” said Dave Krusenklaus, WVLK’s program director.
Kruser, as he is called on the air, said the programming was inspired by state Senate President Robert Stivers of Manchester, who has said the opioid epidemic is not a problem in Kentucky, but is the problem in Kentucky, one that has touched everybody.
On Nov. 13, the station will offer a diverse day of programming about opioids from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Guests will talk about the many aspects of the disease, and will include health-care providers and representatives of programs that treat opioid addiction, public-health officials, people who are recovering from opioid addiction, family members of those who have lost loved ones to addiction, lawmakers (including U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers and Andy Barr of the 5th and 6th Districts), law-enforcement officials, government and city officials working on this issue, and more.
“This is not a problem that you could necessarily legislate away,” Krusenklaus said. “This is a human condition problem that we’ve got to solve ourselves. . . . This is an issue that you have to keep out in front of people.”