Interview with Jenell Brewer, Lisa Coffey, March 6, 2019

Project: Painkiller: An Oral History of the Opioid Epidemic

Interview Summary

Jenell Brewer and Lisa Coffey discuss the personal events that led up to the founding of their recovery organization SPARK (Special People Advocating Recovery Kentucky), in Powell County, Kentucky. Both women recall the rise of prescription painkillers in their community in the early 2000s, followed by a surge of heroin and ensuing overdose deaths and destroyed family structures. Since SPARK began, overdose deaths in their hometown have decreased by 50%.

Interview Accession

2019oh0107_pain0030

Interviewee Name

Jenell Brewer

Lis Coffey

Interviewer Name

Nadia Ramlagan

Interview Date

2019-03-06

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Brewer, Jenell Interview by Nadia Ramlagan. 06 Mar. 2019. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Brewer, J. (2019, March 06). Interview by N. Ramlagan. Painkiller: An Oral History of the Opioid Epidemic
. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Brewer, Jenell, interview by Nadia Ramlagan. March 06, 2019, Painkiller: An Oral History of the Opioid Epidemic
, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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