Drug House Odyssey 2018:
Breaking the Cycle

October 24-26 – 6:30-9:00pm each night

Drug House Odyssey is a dramatic, walk-through program that highlights the effect substance abuse and addiction can have on individuals and families. This year’s theme is “Breaking the Cycle” and will look at how addiction is passed down from generation to generation through family trees, offering hope to those who find themselves caught up in the cycle of addiction.

This program is for everyone age 12 and up, whether they’re caught up in addiction or have not yet been affected by it. Our target audience is teenagers. We want to show them this program so that we can keep them from even beginning to walk down the path of substance abuse.

Nicholson Christian Church
1970 Walton Nicholson Road,
Independence, KY 41051

If you want more info about Drug House Odyssey and/or are interested in serving during this event, please reach out to Adam at aleigh.ncc@gmail.com, 859-356-7770 or 513-501-4419.

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On Tuesday, September 1, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, will celebrate NKY Hates Heroin Night at UC Health Stadium when the Freedom take on the Windy City Thunderbolts at 6:35pm.

The event is being presented by Steve Cain’s All Vacuum Center and will be used as a fundraiser and awareness builder for Northern Kentucky advocacy and heroin support groups NKY Hates Heroin andTransitions.

Activities during the night will include a Recovery Celebration call down during the 7th inning for the crowd to show their support for those choosing the path of recovery. The dugout tops will be transformed into a memorial wall to remember the families that have been impacted by heroin.

Finally, the Freedom will wear these specialty jerseys that fans can bid on and take home off the players backs.  The proceeds from the sales will benefit the two charities that night.

Fans can purchase tickets in two ways.

1) Click here and enter special offer code “recovery” (case sensative) and click submit.  $5 over each ticket purchased when this special offer code is used will go back to support NKY Hates Heroin and Transitions.

2) Click here for more information on how to purchase a special Fan Package which will include a NKY Hates Heroin T-shirt, bracelet, a $5 concession voucher and ticket to the game for just $25.  $15 of each Fan Package will go back to support NKY Hates Heroin and Transitions.

Honoring those fighting on the front lines against the heroin epidemic



Transitions, Inc. will honor members of the Greater Cincinnati Community who have been nominated by the community to receive special recognition for their work in providing hope to those individuals, families and the community affected by heroin use. Award Winners will be honored at a Gala Dinner on October 9th held at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse.

Nominations may be submitted beginning on August 17, 2015 through September 4, 2015 and must be received by Transitions no later than 5 PM. Nominations must be submitted on the Nomination Form provided. Completed nominations may be submitted in person, via email, fax or regular mail according to contact information at the bottom of the Nomination Form.

Nominations can be submitted for the following categories:

    • Elected Official – An individual working to solve issues related to the heroin epidemic such as: a Legislator who drafted or worked hard to pass and enact the new heroin bill; Judge, Jailer, Sheriff, or any other elected official who is looking for creative ways to help people who use/used heroin and/or their families who are searching for resources.
    • Professional – Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist, Health Department Official, Social Worker, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Police Officer, Attorney, Educator, Journalist or any other professional who is working on the front lines with people who use/used heroin and/or their families who are searching for resources.
    • Volunteer – An individual who acts without being paid and is providing education, access to treatment, acting as advocates, volunteers, service providers and those who are in recovery creating help & hope for people who use/used heroin and/or their families searching for resources.
    • Nonprofit – An organization (including a church) that provides funding, education, awareness, harm reduction, advocacy services and support in relation to providing solutions for the heroin epidemic.
    • Corporate / Business – An entity that: supports individuals in recovery by providing internships, apprenticeships, and jobs – especially to those with felonies who find it extremely difficult to find a job; helps to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic and community resources, including harm reduction; shines a light on projects that provide help & hope to people who use/used heroin and their families searching for resources.


We are awareness advocates representing the Northern Kentucky Community – the epicenter for the current heroin epidemic that has rocked our state to its very core. For over three years local advocates have been developing resolutions and making recommendations to our state regarding the stabilization and eventual eradication of this epidemic. Each year we have received little help from the policy makers of our state and each year the epidemic spreads farther into our state and is claiming more lives.

Our time to act is running out. Today we have a heroin epidemic, tomorrow we will wake up to find that we have become the highest ranking state in the country for overdose deaths and infectious diseases – this is not something we want Kentucky to be known for. We can change our future and offset the negative ramifications that will surely come if we continue to do nothing, but our future will be determined by those who are willing to get involved. We are leading a campaign out of Northern Kentucky to support a very important piece of legislation that will be going up for vote at this coming year’s General Assembly.

While there are a variety of draft bills concerning the Heroin Epidemic, NKYHatesHeroin.Com is not specifically endorsing a particular bill but encouraging our legislators to work together to pass a final bill that best suites the needs of Kentucky. The NKY Heroin Impact Response Task Force (learn more about the task force here) has drafted a list of 20 items they have determined are priorities in our fight against the Heroin Epidemic in Kentucky.

>> See The NKY Heroin Impact Task Forces’ Legislative Priorities Here

Help Us Take Action – March on Frankfort!

Join us in Frankfort on January 6th on the capitol steps at 10:00am where we will rally together in front of the Capitol and will then march into the rotunda of the Capitol, once there a select few will be testifying in front of the General Assembly, and handing over our unified voice (petition.) >> You can read and sign the petition online here.

Follow the Bus Along with NKYHatesHeroin.Com and Friends!

We will be gathering at 7:30am (In the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory: 4293 Winston Avenue #2, Covington, KY 41015) and leaving Northern Kentucky at 8:00am. You are welcome to follow the bus to Frankfort!


You Must Present the Flyer

Thanks to Bob Evans!

All Bob Evans locations in the tri-state are participating in a fundraiser for NKYHatesHeroi.Com!

Every Monday and Tuesday through December 2014  |  Dec.1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30, 2014  |  From Open to Close  |  Dine In or Carry Out
Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales
Flyer must be presented at time of check out. Click here to download a PDF of the flyer. Remember to print the flyer to take with you to the restaurant, and print some for your friends and family!

Join NKYHatesHeroin.Com this holiday season 
in donating much needed items to:

Women’s Residential Addiction Program (WRAP)

For people struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, Transitions Women’s Residential Addiction Program (WRAP) offers substance abuse treatment and sober living for addiction recovery.Transitions Womens Residential Addiction Program (WRAP) is a long term residential and outpatient drug rehab and alcohol treatment center located in Covington, Kentucky.If you would like more information on the Transitions Womens Residential Addiction Program (WRAP), please give them a call at (859) 491-2090.Transitions Women’s Residential Addiction Program (WRAP) offers specialized drug rehab programs for women, residential beds for clients’ children. Visit their site…

The Healthy Newborn House

The women in the Healthy Newborns Home are completing their addiction treatment at WRAP or are participating in WRAP’s Aftercare Program. While living in the home, the women are provided a facility that fosters a safe, supported, and learning environment to help them continue sobriety and give birth to a baby that is only minimally drug affected and does not have to spend time withdrawing from drugs in the NICU detox. Therefore, the baby can go home with its mother within the usual time frame. In addition, there is less chance of the newborns having developmental challenges in their future. The women can stay in the home up to 4 months after their baby is born. Residents of the Healthy Newborns Home are still held accountable as if they were at the WRAP House. They continue to be drug tested, alcohol tested, and subjected to a curfew. In addition, they are assigned a Case Manager who will help them find employment, sign up for assisted / affordable housing, and further their education. Visit their site…

Brighton Recovery Center for Women

Brighton Recovery Center for Women is a 100 bed facility located in Boone County that utilizes recovery dynamics curriculum and is a peer-driven model of recovery, a program that helps women recover from chronic substance abuse and addiction, and move toward a life of sobriety and productivity. The focus is to help the women change their behavior, skills, and attitudes related to their addictive lifestyles. Brighton Recovery Center takes a long-term, holistic approach to recovery that is comprised of four distinct modules of progression and ultimately connected to an array of Brighton Center services. Visit their site…

And to thank those willing to share their good fortunes, NKYHatesHeroin.Com will match up to $2,500 in donations!

There are 2 categories of items needed, so feel free to donate items from either list, or both!

Much Needed Items
  • Twin Comforters
  • Twin Blankets
  • Twin Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Towels & Washcloths
  • Women’s Toiletries
  • Scissors
  • Tape & Ribbon and Wrapping Paper
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Toys for newborn – 12 Yrs Old (no stuffed animals please)

Drop off items on Saturday, November 29th, from 10:00am thru 2:00pm at the following locations:

The Grateful Life Center
Pleasure Isle Drive
Erlanger, KY 41017

Fort Thomas
First Christian Church
1031 Alexandria Pike
Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Crossroads Church
828 Heights Blvd.
Florence, KY 41042

There is Always Light After Our “Dark Truths”

Join us for an event that addresses the Heroin Epidemic in NKY

Featured: NKY Hates Heroin, Dr. Kalfus and Ashel Kruetzkamp Dark Truth Testimonies in Recovery

When: October 24, 2014
Time: 12:00- 2:00

Substance Abuse/Recovery Agencies Available at 11:00

Where: Gateway Community & Technical College Gym
525 Scott Boulevard
Covington, KY 41011

Presented by: NKYHatesHeroin.Com, Gateway’s Criminal Justice Department, Gateway’s Counseling Department

Contact Monica Yihad with any questions at (859)815-7798


Please join us for Northern Kentucky’s Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic – Community Update!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 PM
The Gardens of Park Hills in the Vista Room

For more information, visit: http://www.heroin.drugfreeky.org



Save the Date
Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
for a Candlelight Vigil remembering those who have lost their lives to the disease of addiction

Transitions Grateful Life Center
305 Pleasure Isle Drive
Erlanger, KY 41018

Send a picture and a story of your loved one to mawmawsue@zoomtown.com for our memory board or bring your picture and story to the vigil. If you would like your loved ones picture included in the memorial slide show, please send a picture with name, birthdate and re-birthdate to cincykats@fuse.net no later than October 10th

Followed by
Refreshments and Fellowship

Charlotte Wethington
Sponsored by Transitions, Inc. and the P.E.A.C.E Group



Northern Kentucky has been affected in many ways by the heroin epidemic that has taken over our communities. There have been dozens of stories across all media formats describing the strain on fire and police departments, schools, doctors and hospitals, as well as the families affected with addiction. It seems anyone you ask knows of a friend, neighbor, work associate, or even someone in their own family that has been affected in some way or another.

NKYHatesHeroin.Com recently became involved with another group affected by the heroin epidemic, the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home in Ft.Mitchell, KY. DCCH provides support for children that have been removed from their homes by the court systems.  There are approximately 1,100 children in the Northern Kentucky area that have been removed from their homes, a large percentage due to heroin addiction within the family. DCCH (Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home) Center for Children and Families has answered the call to help these children. In appreciation of their continued efforts NKYHatesHeroin.Com has made a donation to DCCH in hopes it will help lighten the financial burden this influx of children has caused.

DCCH Center for Children and Families has helped Northern Kentucky children for over 160 years. Starting out as an orphanage in 1848, DCCH has evolved to meet the needs of the community and offers residential treatment, foster care, adoption, outpatient therapy and training services to area children, families and residents. DCCH is located on a 83-acre campus in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, part of the Greater Cincinnati area.

DCCH Center for Children and Families provides a continuum of care to children and families in the state of Kentucky. In addition to the services they provide to children in their residential care program, DCCH WINGS Foster Care has been providing referral, training and ongoing support services to families interested in becoming foster or adoptive families in the state of Kentucky since 1999.

DCCH Center seeks caring, qualified individuals willing to open their homes and hearts to children in need. As a licensed and accredited foster care and adoption agency, DCCH carefully screens, thoroughly trains and continuously supports foster and adoptive families.

If you have ever considered becoming a foster parent, now would be a great time to learn more about the opportunities to help out Kentucky’s most vulnerable children. Visit the DCCH website or call Gene Blair directly for more information.

DCCH Center (Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home), Website
Gene Blair, Email
Gene Blair, phone 859-331-2040, ext. 8463

NKYHatesHeroin.Com is proud to partner with The Shatterproof Challenge. They are committed to fighting the same fight we’re confronted with here in Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati region.

If you like the idea of repelling down the face of a building n downtown Cincinnati, and help a national organization address addiction, provide families with much needed support, and promote addiction related research, then this is the event for you!


Westin Cincinnati
21 E. 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

For more information, download the following:

Shatterproof Cincinnati Flyer
Shatterproof Cincinnati Facts and Registration Form

Or, find out more and sign up to rappel: www.shatterproof.org/Cincinnati-2014

This letter from Gary Mendell, the founder of Shatterproof Challenge, reflects Gary’s passion for preventing addiction:

My son, Brian, was a loving child, full of smiles and light. Like so many children, he tried marijuana. Like far too many of them, his use turned to addiction. A year ago I got the call that is every parent’s worst nightmare. My son had passed away. Brian was dead.

If Brian’s passing were simply about him and the rest of my family, I would find a way to endure my suffering, and my story would end there. But this was no isolated tragedy. Brian died of a disease that touches more than 100 million Americans. It’s impossible to measure the pain it causes.

In the aftermath of Brian’s death, I set out to learn what could be done to prevent others from losing their loved ones to this terrible disease. I met with leading experts in addiction and discovered programs in prevention and treatment that could have saved Brian and others like him, but for a number of reasons those programs have not been implemented. I learned that there’s no national organization devoted to the discovery and implementation of new and better treatments. I also learned that there is no national entity devoted to helping families navigate the most trying times that many will face in their lives, to educating society about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use and to changing public policy so that America will turn the tide on this health crisis.

In Brian’s memory, I have dedicated myself to building an organization that will work to conquer this disease. It’s too late for my son, but not too late for countless others.

On behalf of all of our children, and every family, I hope you will support this effort to end the plague of addiction.

With my deepest appreciation,

Gary Mendell

We need the help of all Transitions’ supporters and their friends and families to help Transitions win $10,000!

July 1 – 31, 2014 Transitions will be participating in Bleed for a Cause, helping Hoxworth Blood Center save lives by getting blood donations and competing with other local charities to earn money. Each person who donates blood and says you were recruited by Transitions earns points as follows:

Points are earned for the type of blood donation made:

  • Whole Blood Donation = 1 Point
  • Double Red Donation = 2 Points
  • Platelet Donation = 3 Points
  • 1st time donor will receive “bonus” = 2 Points

All three types of donations can be made at a Hoxworth Blood Center. A list of all centers and hours of operation is attached. Please note that the Double Red and Platelet Donations take longer than a Whole Blood Donation.

To maximize points, A Platelet Donor can give every two weeks – so if you donate on July 1st, you can give again on July 15th and 29th. Please consider this kind of donation because not only do we get the most points, but platelets are the most needed donation for cancer patients.

To kick off the event, Transitions is hosting a Blood Drive at the Grateful Life Center on July 1st. Information regarding the event is on a detailed flyer whichis attached. If you would like to schedule an appointment (which is highly recommended) please go to www.hoxworth.org/groups/transitions and click on the Donor Portal to pick an appointment time.

Be sure to mention Transitions, Inc. as your charitable organization during registration, before donating – so we can earn points for your donation!

Please forward this information to anyone you think would be interested in helping Transitions by donating blood at Hoxworth.

Small-BWW_Vertical_FullColor_BlackFrom our good friend Chief Eldridge at the Fort Mitchell Police…

I am happy to announce that BW’s located at 3441 Valley Plaza Parkway in Fort Wright has agreed to donate 10% of their sales to help support our Car Show. We will be at the location on May 14th and the 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on both of those dates, during that time 10% of total sales will go towards our Car Show! Please come out to Buffalo Wild Wings on those dates and help us with our cause. All proceeds from our May 31st Car Show will be given to NKYHatesHeroin.Com. We hope to help them with their cause of fighting the Heroin epidemic in NKY!


Chief Eldridge

Health Expo – April 26, 2014
9AM – 1 PM
First Baptist Church of Cold Spring
4410 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, 41076

9:30 AM – Internet & Phone Scams – Cold Spring Chief of Police – Ed Burke
10:00 AM – Cardiovascular Health – Brian Burkhardt, NP
10:30 AM – Emergency Preparedness – Bill Turner
11:00 AM – Diabetes Education – Besty Oriolo & Max Herrle – Registered Dieticians
11:30 AM – Family Health – Dr. Sofia Quereshi & Dr. Sarah Flora
12:00 PM – Heroin Awareness – Dr. Jeremy Engel
Children can visit the Campbell County Safety Trailer
St. Elizabeth Mobile Mammography Van On-Site
For reservations call 859-655-7400



5th Annual CCAT-Walk 2014
When: Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 8:30 am Gates Open
Where: Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment

830 Ezzard Charles Drive
Cincinnati, OH
United States


Contact: Nancy Blamer
(513) 381-6672 Ext. 124

The response we are getting from the Northern Kentucky community continues to amaze us here at NKYHatesHeroin.Com!

A couple of weeks ago we received a phone call from one of our favorite local police chiefs… Chief Jeff Eldridge from the Fort Mitchell PD. The chief had a simple question for us… “Would you like to be the recipient of a rather successful 2 year old fund raiser?”, and our answer was of course, yes! So after some phone conversations, a meeting or two, we now are the official recipient of all proceeds of the Ft. Mitchell Police and Montgomery Inn Classic Car Show! We are extremely grateful to the Chief, his staff and the city of Fort Mitchell, and of course we can’t express our delight enough with Montgomery Inn helping out as well. Thanks to all!

So if you happen to love classic cars, want to get out on a beautiful spring day, enjoy good old rock and roll blasting from the DJ, have a craving for the best ribs the tri-state has to offer, AND would like to help battle the heroin epidemic taking over our local communities… this event is for you!

If you, your business or organization would like to sponsor
a Specialty Trophy Award for a donation of $100.00
or sponsor a Trophy Award for a donation of $75.00, CLICK HERE…

Fort Mitchell Police and Montgomery Inn Classic Car Show
Saturday, May 31st – Sunday, June 1st Rain Date
Montgomery Inn, Ft. Mitchell
400 Buttermilk Pike, Ft. Mitchell, KY
Registration Starts At 9am Till Noon



NKYHatesHeroin.Com invites you to join in on our first annual NKYHatesHeroin.Com Music Fest.

This event started as a “Hey why don’t we try something like a music festival” conversation that quickly turned into making a few phone calls, talking to some band friends and next thing we knew… We’re having our very own music festival! So needless to say, we’re super excited about it and would love you to join us.

We are extremely thankful to all of our bands and bars! It is amazing that as soon as we start discussing the heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky, people, businesses, and communities jump right on board and offer their support. And for that we truly are thankful.

We think this would be a great opportunity to let our friends and fans know exactly what it is we’re striving for in our fundraising endeavors. We have created our “Support Goals” for 2014. The following list contains potential groups, programs and/or events that our official board has categorized as “high priority”. While listed, they are not definite future recipients of funds, as the heroin situation is extremely fluid in Northern Kentucky and priorities may change. All funds will be dispersed based on a majority vote of the official board.

  • Naloxone Kits could be provided at graduation of treatment facilities locally or paid for by NKYHatesHeroin.Com when police or EMT’s encounter someone who may be in need of one but cannot afford it.
  • Droegge House
  • Healthy Newborns Project-new establishment in Covington for addicted mothers.
  • Information/Prevention Kits to be made available in hospitals, doctor’s offices, police stations, etc. They would include the pertinent information needed on whom to contact when you are helping someone dealing with addiction. An honest explanation of what the loved one of an addict should do in order to help their addicted loved one. They could also include a coupon for a Naloxone kit.

And the drum roll please…..

NKYhatesHeroin.Com Music Fest
April 12, 2014
6:00PM till Closing

$10 All Bars – All Bands
All venues on Monmouth Street and York Street in Newport, KY… Walk to all venues!

York Street Cafe – The Chuck Land Band – Grand Oversoul – Honey And Houston – The Core – Eva Ross
Little Nashville – Carter New Band – Marty Connor Band
Sis’ – Gary Devoto & Dave Webster and Friends
Birk’s – Nailed  It – J.R.’s Revenge – Altered Inc.
Shortneck’s – To Be Announced
Mokka And The Sunset Bar & Grill – Don Fangman (Frank Sinatra Tunes) – Stonehaus Trail



Visit NKYHatesHeroin.Com at the Town Hall Meeting at Campbell County High Schoold

March 11, 2014
6:30-8:30 In the school auditorium


Villa Hills Town Hall Meeting, February 26, 2014

Christian Church Independence, March 2014

Please join NKYHatesHeroin.Com for a candlelight vigil to remember those who have lost their lives to the disease of addiction.

October 24, 2013 – 7PM – 8PM

Transitions Greatful Life Center
305 Pleasure Isle Drive
Erlanger, KY 41018


NicholasForBlogNKYHatesHeroin.Com (the family of Nicholas Specht) invite you to join our first Town Hall Meeting. This event presented in memory of Nicholas “Pickle” Specht, Northern Kentucky resident, Fort Thomas resident, friend, and beloved family member.

We’ve done some events with other organizations since we’ve started our crusade against the Heroin Epidemic in Northern Kentucky, but we thought it’s about time to sponsor our own Town Hall Meeting. We’re very excited about this event and would love to have a great turnout so more citizens of Northern Kentucky are made aware of the problem we have.

Our Town Hall meeting is November 7th starting at 7PM. The official agenda will take about 2 hours but since it’s at our own First Christian Church in Fort Thomas, we really don’t have an ending time. If people have questions… we’ll be there to answer or help them find answers!

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is located at
1031 Alexandria Pike
Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Thanks to our friends at PAR (People Advocating Recovery) we have a great lineup of speakers, with more to be announced.

Featured Speakers
Steve Pendery – Campbell County Judge/Executive
Ashel Kruetzkamp – St. E. Ft. Thomas ED Nurse Manager
Jason Merrick – NKY PAR
Charlotte Wethington – Recovery Advocate
Officer Chris Goshorn – Ft. Thomas Police
Chris Wulfeck – Ft. Thomas EMT
Dr. Mark Schweitzer – Campbell County Coroner
Jim Liebetrau – Pharmacist
Darren Smith – NKY Drug Strike Force

Co-Sponsor: PAR (People Advocating Recovery Northern Kentucky)


From Cincinnati.Com

Police chief Jeff Eldridge

Police chief Jeff Eldridge

FORT MITCHELL — City police and Beechwood Independent Schools are joining forces to help educate parents on the dangers of heroin and other narcotics.

The Fort Mitchell Police Department is hosting a narcotics forum 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Beechwood High School cafeteria, 50 Beechwood Road, Fort Mitchell.

Police chief Jeff Eldridge said he came up with the idea for the forum because “I believe most parents do not know what heroin looks like or what the effects of heroin are on individuals.”

With almost 25 years in law enforcement, Eldridge said he has witnessed other drug epidemics, like that of crack cocaine, but, “The heroin epidemic hasgot it beat, hands down.”

He wanted to get a panel of experts together to discuss the drug epidemic with “every parent in Fort Mitchell.”

Eldridge says they have not had a herion problem with residents, although the police department has made several heroin-related arrests of people traveling through the city.

The purpose of the forum, he said, is to be proactive.

“Heroin doesn’t have any boundaries,” Eldridge said. “It’s not strictly an inner-city problem.”

The problem has had an impact on local businesses, he said. One of the city’s businesses was robbed by a man “addicted to heroin.”

Beechwood Superintendent Steve Hutton said the district hasn’t experienced any problems with heroin, but “I would like to be proactive so that we don’t have any problems.”


Beechwood Superintendent Steve Hutton

“The use of heroin knows no community or socio-economic boundaries,” Hutton said. “Awareness about the use of heroin and other narcotics will lead to enlightenment for parents, and enlightenment leads to empowerment. The school district, parents and community members are all in this fight together.”

According to Eldridge, forum panel members include the Kenton County coroner, paramedics and representatives from the Northern Kentucky medical examiner’s office, the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, Kentucky state police, Drug Enforcement Administration task force, and the Kenton County commonwealth attorney’s office.

Eldridge said he’s also trying to get an emergency room doctor and someone from a treatment facility to join the panel.

“The information they get can save someone’s life,” said Eldridge when explaining why parents should attend. “I truly believe that.”

Those attending must be at least 21.

PAR (People Advocating Recovery) invited NKYHatesHeroin.Com to join the Recovery Now Rally this past Saturday at Covington’s Devou Park. We happily accepted the invitation, but had no idea how great the event would actually be. And how well we would be treated. We were given a prime spot in the center of everything.. thanks PAR!

The people we met, stories that were shared, community involvement and overall incredible spirit of the crowd was beyond our expectations. If you were not able to attend this year’s event, you really should make it a point to go next year. Check in on PAR’s website for updates for next year. While you’re on their site think about volunteering yourself. They are a great group and very close to us here at NKYHatesHeroin.Com.


Our small army from NKYHatesHeroin.Com took to the streets of Dayton and Bellevue, Kentucky today! We were met with a warm welcome in both cities hearing many stories along the way from people that knows and addict or knows someone that knows an addict. By meeting the people in the streets, it just reinforces what we already know… what a huge problem it is in our communities.

We’d like to put a special thank you out there to Circuit Court Judge Fred Stine and his wife Senator Katie Stine from Kentucky’s Senate District 24  for taking their time to talk with Holly and Eric Specht today. They both showed a great deal of compassion with Holly & Eric concerning Nicholas’ death, as well as explained their feelings and concerns about the heroin problem facing Northern Kentucky.

If you would like to help us “fight the fight” feel free to drop us a message on our contact page… you to can make a difference and help get the word out.

Check out our photo gallery from today’s efforts

From our friend and supporter Lesley Cooney, thanks for the heads-up Lesley!

“WE ARE CONFIRMED for a showing of the Anonymous People on Thursday 10/10 at 7:30 pm at The Great Escape in Wilder. Something tells me it will sell out but FYI part of Gathr’s rules are that 100 people need to buy tickets by 9/26 or the movie will not be shown and for those who did reserve tickets, there cards will not be charged. The documentary is 82 minutes long.”



THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Deeply entrenched social stigma have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum has been filled with sensational mass media depictions of people with addiction that perpetuate a lurid fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, a grass roots social justice movement is emerging. Courageous addiction recovery advocates have come out of the shadows and are organizing to end discrimination and move toward recovery-based solutions.

The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, public figures, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting solutions.

COVINGTON, Ky. – It’s a simple home off the beaten path in Covington, Kentucky where young women go to face their demons.

The Wrap House (Women’s Residential Addiction Program) takes in pregnant women…and in some cases their children…to help them overcome their additions and become the healthy responsible mothers their kids need and deserve.

The non-profit group Transitions, Inc. is hoping to raise enough money to expand the treatment of these women in need, holding the “Recovery on the River” event at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse Saturday, Sept. 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 9 On Your Side Anchor Julie O’Neill will emcee.

“Due to the sharp increase of heroin and painkiller-addicted women in our region, Transitions needs more beds for pregnant women,” said Sue Corbett, a spokesperson for Transitions, Inc.

A “Step Down Unit” in a nearby group home is now housing mothers, their children and newborn babies following delivery while the mother completes treatment at the WRAP facility.  Recovery on the River proceeds will benefit the need for this unbudgeted expansion through the Grateful Life Foundation.

For information on registration to support this event or to find out more about how you can help, go to gratefullifefoundation.org.

Reposted From: http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/kenton-county/covington/event-to-support-recovery-on-the-river


A Celebration of Addiction Recovery
Saturday, September 21, 2013   11-4
Devou Park Band Shell

A rally and memorial to take a stance against substance abuse in our community and remember the lives of those we have already lost. There will be FREE Food, FREE Music, Resource booths, and Information for all impacted by substance abuse- families, friends, and those suffering from addictions.

A FREE gift Bag for the first 200 Registered at the Event!

Please bring blankets or chairs for seating

Feel free to make signs representing your stance against addiction or or a memorial for those lost.

Cincinnati S.T.O.P. HEROIN
Joining with Cincinnati S.T.O.P. in the Second Annual Anti-Heroin Rally and Memorial
Facebook: Cincinnati Stop Heroin

Stop the Overdose Pandemic

For more Information, contact RecoveryNow2013@gmail.com

Join us on Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am at First Christian Church!

1031 Alexandria Pike
Fort Thomas, KY 41075
P: 859-441-8658

We are making 200 pillowcases for two addiction recovery houses. Grateful Life in Independence, KY and the Droege House in Dayton, KY, in loving memory of Nicholas Specht, who lost his battle with addiction on 8/8/13. We hope to provide a sense of handmade comfort and loving support to others who are struggling to get free from drugs or alcohol.

What to bring: Fabric donations*, sewing machine (if you have one), rotary cutter and mat, Iron & ironing board, $5 for lunch

* It takes 3/4 yd. for body, 1/4 yard for cuff and 1/8 yd. for the piping of EACH case. 100% cotton, Silver thread will be provided. If you plan to make a larger donation of fabric from your stash, pleas drop it off on the 1st floor of the church by 9/21/13.

Beginners & Experienced welcome!

Hosted & Sponsored by the PeaceQuilters of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

We will be holding a Rally to draw attention to what we hope will be called Nathan’s Law in Ohio. This law will charge drug dealers with Murder if the person they sold the drugs to Overdoses.

We will meet at 11 am that Saturday and start a march through Camp Washington. Hopefully members of the press will stop by and do interviews.

I have invited the Mayor and Vice Mayor. No word yet as to whether they will coming. Their voice could go a long way in helping us to get this started.

We are going to go down and ask some of the businesses in the area for parking. We will keep everyone informed.

Please try to make a sign to hold, or wear a red shirt. Red is the color for Drug Abuse Awareness.

Please join us there! We hope to see a lot of people there to show some support and stand up for what is right!

August 31st, 2013 @ 11 a.m.
Meet Hopple Street near Camp Washington Chili.

Make a sign or wear a red Tshirt and just show up.

We will have Tshirts at that time for sell. They are $11.00 each. They are grey with red lettering. Our icon will be on the front, and Needed Activists Tackling Heroin Addiction Now! on the back. Great shirts! Buy one help spread the word through you! We now have a second option on Tshirts. We got another shirt coming with a great logo on it. They are $15.oo each and will be available at the Rally for sell. Please stop out and help us make the Tri-State a better place to live for everyone.

Visit the official Nathan’s Law site here…

What is International Overdose Awareness Day?

International Overdose Awareness Day is held on August 31st each year.

Commemorating those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose, it also acknowledges the grief felt by their families and friends.

Celebrated around the world, International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death, especially for those mourning the loss of family and friends. It also spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

Check out the official International Overdose Awareness Day site here…