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$5,700 spent by Boyle ASAP getting people to rehab; more funding needed

The Boyle County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy has spent nearly $5,700 in sending individuals in Boyle County to drug treatment centers, but there’s still more need for funding. That need led the agency to approving a request last week for $2,000 from the Presbyterian Church in Danville. 

The ASAP fund from the Presbyterian Church started out with a little over $5,800. With this money, ASAP paid for individuals who wanted to go to drug treatment. 

Payments for recent treatments from the Presbyterian fund were approved at the ASAP meeting on Friday. It was announced that there were three individuals taken to treatment centers in Kentucky, costing a total of $900. 

It was also announced at the meeting that there were more people sent to treatment centers Thursday morning. There were two individuals sent to a treatment center costing $500 each. The ASK foundation also had a volunteer take an individual to a treatment facility, which was a 224-mile round trip that cost $91.84. 

The remaining balance was announced at the meeting as $445.91. 

ASAP Director Kathy Miles said the amount remaining is barely enough to take one more person to treatment.

Sending someone to treatment usually costs anywhere from $400 to $500. Boyle County Health Department Director Brent Blevins said treatment is expensive and when someone wants to go to treatment, they need to be taken at the time they are open to it.

“It seems like from what a lot of people are saying that the overdose deaths are beginning to scare people enough that more people are wanting to go into treatment,” Miles said. 

The recent Run Against Addiction 5K is expected to bring in around $1,600, it was announced at the meeting. That funding will be available for individuals seeking treatment in Boyle and surrounding counties, as well.

T-shirts from the 5K are still being sold for $10 at the Recovery Roadhouse and the proceeds are still being donated to ASAP to send people to treatment.

Two pastors attended the meeting and said they want to get their churches involved in helping raising money. Pastor Mickey Anders was at the meeting in order to find out how his church could get involved, and Pastor James Hunn asked if other churches could get involved and do the same thing the Presbyterian Church is doing.