Jim Gray Convenes Opioid Advisory Council; Launches New Ad
“We will define success one life at a time”
Lexington, Ky. – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray convened his Opioid Advisory Council Thursday, bringing together people from different backgrounds to come up with real solutions to an epidemic that is destroying families and communities.
Mayor Gray has demonstrated his commitment to combatting this modern plague by distributing overdose antidote medication to first responders, forming a Heroin Task Force, funding the Hope Center Therapeutic Program, holding pharmaceutical companies accountable and implementing a needle exchange program.
“We are going to define success one life at a time,” Gray said. “In Lexington, that’s what we’ve already been doing, but we have so much more work to do and so many more lives to save.”
On Thursday, Gray met with community members, medical professionals, researchers and members of the law enforcement community to discuss ways to turn back this tide of destruction.
The Gray campaign also unveiled a new ad featuring Tanya Meeks, chairwoman of the council, who lost her son, Seth, to an overdose in December 2014.
“He’s already done more than I could ever imagine for our community, and he understands what he can do once he gets into Congress to help us, you know, help our families,” Meeks said in the ad. “I believe in Mayor Gray. He really cares.”
While there were 179 overdose deaths in Fayette County in 2017, first responders were able to save thousands of lives using overdose antidotes. Between Jan. 1, 2016 and April 30, 2018, firefighters and police officers administered 5,468 doses of Naloxone on 3,853 overdose victims.
“I believe every single one of these lives is worth saving – no matter what it takes,” Gray said. “But it’s still not enough. These are not faceless statistics, and we will not lose this fight.”