LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Groups all over are seeing the same thing, more drug overdoses.
Georgetown Police sent out an advisory Thursday about the issue. Sober-living groups are seeing the same thing. Boredom, stimulus checks, fear of the coronavirus – it’s all adding up.
The Odyssey Group in Lexington has seen almost 10 overdoses in the last three months.
“It’s got to stop,” says director of the sober living, Billie Jo Barnes.
When Barnes talks about the increase in drug overdoses, she does it from experience. She buried her 23-year-old son earlier this month and dealt with her own relapse.
“That was the worst night of my life. Drugs isn’t the way to deal with my pain and my suffering and my heartache. It took his death to shake me, to wake me up,” says Barnes.
She says the coronavirus has made people lose focus on their recovery.
“I just want people to wake up and get help. And I want them to understand that just because this virus is out there, it doesn’t mean there’s not recovery,” says Barnes.
The stimulus checks the government responded with helped a lot of people but it also meant problems for those on the edge.
“It was enough money for him to buy enough drugs to take him out of this world,” says Barnes of her son.
She knows it would have been trouble but she wishes stricter rules were in place.
“I don’t want other people’s children to end up in a coffin. They need to look into background checks on these stimulus checks and make sure they’re going to rent and groceries,” says Barnes.
She says she sees more stress in her clients struggling with recovery.
“People are afraid and being afraid will cause relapse alone because if you’re high you don’t fear anything,” says Barnes.
On top of that, they’re bored from unemployment.
“Boredom is the biggest trigger to a recovering addict, trust me I know,” says Barnes.
She wants to use her son’s story to help save others’ lives.
“All I want to do is help people. That’s the reason I’m here. That’s the reason I’m not high right now,” says Barnes.
In addition, Barnes says the group is struggling financially due to the pandemic.
If you feel inclined to help, you can call the group at (859) 509-3745 or visit the office located at 519 Michigan St. Apt. C.