(photo credit: Chris Stegner)
Casey Wethington purchased a VW bus with money he received in 1997 as graduation gifts. Until this past year, it sat in the place it had occupied for more than a decade. Now, Casey’s 1967 Kombi is on the road again to help save lives.
It will be a year in November that Northern Kentucky’s Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic was rolled out at the Covington Convention Center. While there were many components to ‘the plan’, there was one area of concentration that took precedence over all the rest. Something had to be done immediately to “stop the dying”.
Two things happened, Naloxone had been proven to be effective in reversing potentially fatal opiate overdoses and the state legislature made it possible for the prescribing of this medication to KY families. Over the past year, N KY PAR (People Advocating Recovery) with the support of Transitions and numerous volunteers manned two permanent sites established for free naloxone clinics.
But what about people who do not have ready access to these locations, one in Covington and one in Falmouth? Since Casey died of a heroin overdose, it seemed only fitting that his bus be used as a mobile unit. After much tender loving care, Casey’s bus is ready to travel to areas around N KY.
It’s next stop is planned for the Kenton County Public Library, Covington Branch on Saturday, November 8th at 1:00 p.m. The clinics, permanent and mobile, offer so much more than Naloxone and the training that goes with it. The clinics provide resources, education and a point of contact that could save a life and help to “stop the dying”. Visit www.nkypar.org for future clinic dates, times and locations.