Kentucky ranked third among states with the highest increase of drug overdose deaths during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic according to new federal data. Responding directly to this urgent need, Spero Health, a national leader in providing care for individuals struggling with substance use disorders, announced it will open a new clinic in Henderson. The new clinic located at 1997 Barret Court, will open on Friday, May 7 th, and will offer a combination of in-person and telehealth visits. Spero Health has a growing network of over 50 clinics throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana, providing care for more than 9,000 patients. Individuals who need addiction treatment services are encouraged to walk-in for help or call: 270-458-1956 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Spero Health accepts KY Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans.
As drug overdose deaths in Kentucky continue to increase, Spero Health remains committed to bringing lifesaving treatment to areas most in need with continued plans to expand rapidly throughout 2021. Speaking about the timing of the new clinic openings, Spero Health’s CEO, Steve Priest said, “Over 450,000 Americans have died from drug overdose in the last 20 years and our nation’s most vulnerable are at an increased risk of relapse or death due to substance abuse. In 2020 we saw the highest number of overdose deaths recorded in a single year at 87,000 deaths. These alarming numbers have spiked because people feel uncertainty and instability. They’ve suffered job loss and are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and depression causing many to turn to drugs and alcohol to ease the stress. Families and friends of loved ones have turned to us as these devastating numbers of people dying from overdose continue to grow. We feel a sense of urgency for communities to have access to life-saving addiction treatment options, and we are working very hard to make that happen in as many places as possible.”