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859-415-9280: Northern Kentucky Substance Abuse Helpline

Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties and St. Elizabeth Healthcare Partner to Launch the Northern Kentucky Regional Substance Use Helpline with Addiction Services Council

Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties and St. Elizabeth Healthcare have partnered to launch a regional heroin helpline with the assistance of Addiction Services Council (ASC). 

The Northern Kentucky Helpline number is 859-415-9280. 

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) will serve as the managing partner for this initiative. 

The Northern Kentucky Helpline is modeled after the highly successful Helpline program run by the Addiction Services Council in Southwest Ohio for more than a decade.  ASC handles approximately 20,000 calls annually from individuals in need, and their family and friends.   These calls represent needs from “frequently asked questions” about alcohol and drugs to emergency treatment options.  ASC will pair callers with the best possible match in service.  A significant number of the incoming calls are also crisis related. Calls will be answered by licensed, professional counselors 24 hours a day. Through the Helpline, ASC assesses about 1,200 individuals annually and successfully places the overwhelming majority with providers within Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

The Addiction Services Council will duplicate the established and effective open door model for the Northern Kentucky Helpline.  You can connect with these services by telephone at 859-415-9280 or on the web at

 “Responding to Northern Kentucky’s heroin epidemic continues to demand our taking on a multi-faceted approach. The Northern Kentucky Helpline will provide a direct and powerful resource to folks in need, as well as families who are looking for help. The availability of this heroin helpline represents the very best of our region working together to implement programs that will save lives.” – Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery

“The Northern Kentucky Regional Heroin Helpline is a critical component in providing assistance to those who are suffering from addiction and for the family and friends of those suffering from addiction. Our provider, Addiction Services Council, has a proven track record and will bring a wealth of expertise to those in need. This is another example of Northern Kentucky creating positive, meaningful partnerships to assist our region.” – Boone County Judge/Executive Gary W. Moore

“Just as Kenton County Jailer Terry Carl’s detention treatment program represented a nationally recognized leap forward for our community in the battle against opioid and heroin addiction, so will the creation of this Northern Kentucky Helpline mark another significant moment in the ongoing battle.  Simplifying access to help and streamlining the pathway to treatment will save lives.” – Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann

“It is the recommendation of the Northern KY Office of Drug Control Policy that this service be made readily available to families and individuals suffering from the disease of addiction. Such a service will provide triage, assessment and referral to treatment when necessary.   We often hear that families and individuals don’t know where to turn for help. This ‘No Wrong Door’ approach will get them the help they need and will ultimately save lives.  We are pleased to have the full support of the Judges/Executive of Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties and St. Elizabeth Healthcare in this initiative to bring relief to our communities.” – NKYODCP Executive Director Kim Moser

“We’re very excited to be launching the helpline in Northern Kentucky,” said Nan Franks, CEO of ASC. “Without question, the need for this service is great, especially considering the nature of the heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky. I’m happy to partner with the community on the Helpline initiative.”

“Substance use disorders continue to make newspaper and television headlines throughout our community, and as healthcare professionals, our staff encounter patients every day who are suffering from these disorders. The launch of this hotline will help provide Northern Kentucky families with one more tool to access when battling the disease of addiction.” – Garren Colvin, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare 


Addiction Services Council is a non-profit, community-based organization focused on improving the quality of life for the residents of Cincinnati and surrounding areas, including Northern Kentucky, by reducing problems related to alcoholism and other drug addiction.  The Addiction Services Council provides a wide range of programs that serve children, adolescents, families, women, older adults, inmates, individuals with criminal records and persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

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