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The CDC recently reported that overdose deaths in Kentucky increased by more than 13 percent in 2021 and reached a record of nearly 2,400. In other words, we lost six Kentuckians every day, or one every four hours due to a drug overdose. It’s tragic. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been secured in federal funding to address the crisis. While people in the throes of addiction need all kinds of help, mere programs and more money cannot address the heart of the issue. Another program cannot truly address the deepest needs of the human heart and the things that lead to addiction. Strong family, healthy community, and opportunity make addiction less likely. So does a strong spiritual sense that we, as human beings, are made for more than numbing ourselves out on dangerous drugs.

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