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Kentucky is stronger than stigma

Kentuckians have the power to end the stigma associated with opioid use disorder (OUD) and reverse the addiction crisis.

Our Mission

UNSHAME Kentucky is a statewide campaign to destigmatize opioid use disorder (OUD) by providing education on OUD-related topics and sharing the stories of people whose lives have been affected by opioid use disorder and those who serve those communities. By learning their stories, we come to understand that opioid use disorder is something that can affect any of us and that no one should struggle with it alone.

About Our Partners

How to Get Involved

Share Your Story

Sharing how you have been impacted by OUD is one of the most effective ways to humanize the disease of addiction and reduce stigma. When you share your story, you show that addiction is not a result of bad character - it's a treatable, chronic disease that can affect anyone, but it's possible to recover with the proper support. 

Champion the Movement

Encourage your organization to become a campaign partner committed to changing the narrative surrounding opioid use disorder and sharing resources and messages of hope with Kentuckians. Partner organizations can sign up through our Partner Intake Form. Together, we can make sure that people have the resources and support they need on their recovery journey. 

Join the Conversation

Attend one of our monthly webinars to learn from experts and community members about how addiction stigma holds Kentucky back and what we can do to end it. If you're not connected to an organization, fill out our General Interest Form.

Story Library

Across Kentucky, people are telling their stories openly, owning it, and showing the world where it brought them. Browse the Story Library to hear these inspiring experiences.  

Marta's StoryMarta sought help from a co-worker who was in recovery, and today, she has been in long-term recovery for over 40 years. After a long career working as a social worker, professor, therapist, advocate, and now commissioner, she's sharing her story publicly for the first time.

Rickey's StoryRickey (Dolla Green) is a small business owner using music to share his story of recovery. He went from Volunteers of America to being a full-time student to climbing the ladder at work. Today, he is doing the best he ever has.

Nathan's StoryMayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent is committed to improving Graves County's approach to harm reduction, both for people living with active opioid use disorder and the law enforcement officers he leads.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Our newsletter includes information on the UNSHAME Kentucky campaign, upcoming webinars and events, and the latest resources from across the field.

UNSHAME Kentucky is brought to you by the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) in partnership with Shatterproof. The campaign is funded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.

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