New Facility For Drug Addicts Could Become A Reality

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

There could soon be a new place for drug addicts looking for help in eastern Kentucky.

Floyd County officials say they are looking into the possibility of converting the old Prestonsburg Elementary School into a drug rehab and treatment center.

Officials with Prestonsburg's newest drug rehab center, Hope in the Mountains, were in Johnson County to accept a 600 dollar donation and the centers director talked about the need for more facilities with more beds in Floyd County.

“We don't have enough beds we keep them full. We've got a six month waiting list already,” Renee McCoy said.

Representative Greg Stumbo says the Floyd County School Board owns the old Prestonsburg Elementary School building but they are looking to sell it.

“It is going to be hopefully a project that we can get some funding for and put it together it is right middle of Prestonsburg where there are jobs for these people,” Stumbo said.

Stumbo says the money for the project would likely come from the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

That is good news for Renee McCoy, she says the more places for drug addicts to get help... the better.

Stumbo says he hopes the project moves forward soon.

Stumbo estimates there are 250 thousand Kentuckians with a drug problem but says he is confident those numbers would drop if there were more places people could go to get clean.


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  • by FedUp Location: pillville on May 26, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    Dear Lisa: I find it rather humorous that you would try to compare a drug head with someone that has a disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Who needs an education? (just couldn't keep from asking you that question).Myself, I had rather see my tax money helping someone with diabetes,high b/p or some other disease. I don't consider pill snort-in/meth snort-in a disease... more like stupidity.
  • by n.l. on May 24, 2008 at 06:28 PM
    Hit the nail right on the head FedUp. Get rid of the drug courts and make them go through a jail term.
  • by Theresa Location: Martin County on May 24, 2008 at 02:01 PM
    I do not think that one addict woke up one morning and said, "I am going to become a drug addict", no more than one person woke up one morning and said, "I am going to smoke until I develop lung cancer". I think that Eastern KY could use many beds to provide good treatment for any person that has an addiction to drugs. All of these individuals are human and should be treated as such. Treatment centers are needed and I pray how soon they come. It's sad to see a person want treatment only to be told, "wait 6 months". It's sad to watch a loved one die from drugs that are so easy to get from doctors. I think the wrong individuals are being jailed for the drugs. For the individuals that make the remarks about drug addicts, how many family members and friends do you know that do drugs, do you think they should be placed on chain gangs. Be a little more compassion about human life. The addict could be you one day and not even your fault. Great work Renee McCoy, keep it going. Theresa
  • by Lisa Location: Paintsvile on May 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM
    To FedUp: You need an education first of all, second I am sure you know someone or have someone in your family with an addiction. If you say no then you probably don't know your family or neighbors very well. Addiction is a disease! Ihave worked with drug addicts for many years and I see this to be true. Do you think people wake up and say "I want to be a drug addict...I want to be sick when I am not using and throw up and hurt all over". Some are addicts through injuries and don't realize the addiction until they try to stop their meds. Should we put people with diabetes in jail? After all they eat wrong and don't take care of themselves and drive up our insurance and medical costs or should we treat their disease. How about high blood pressure...no!! watch those poor souls eat a bag of chips a day then go to the ER for heart problems. Bottom line we can control our health with treatment not ignorance!!!
  • by FedUp Location: pillville on May 24, 2008 at 04:49 AM
    Well cry me a river... poor drug addicts. How about putting them in jail, putting them to work on a chain gang, cutting weeds, making little rocks out of big ones, make'em work and pay the people from whom they stole from. Maybe, just maybe a lot of sweat and blisters will bring some of these addicts to the right frame of mind
  • by Bill on May 24, 2008 at 04:08 AM
    So the drug industry grows and grows.Riding on the backs of the poor, and unforunate.More Cops hired more jails built,more social workers to break up familys.Wake up people, you do gooders are driving this state, in to a police state.!!

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