NKY Magazine: Substance Use in NKY

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NKY Magazine, Fall 2018 — Sitting at the kitchen table inside her Florence home, Mary Lu speaks quickly and with passion about her life. She sips a Diet Coke and talks about her friends and her family, her exercise group and her church.

“I love life,” she says, in case those listening can’t tell from her enthusiasm and her easy smile.

Family photos, candles and flowers dot the kitchen surfaces, more proof, it seems, of the happy, easy life of the retiree. But tucked inside the cabinet closest to the kitchen door are four doses of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication.