Northern Ky. hurting for treatment beds, resources to help heroin addicts

01/20/2014 05:11 PM

Expanding treatment for heroin addicts in Northern Kentucky could be the most important effect of legislation pending in the General Assembly, local officials agreed last week.

Local law enforcement and county leaders in Northern Kentucky outlined the growing heroin problem to Attorney General Jack Conway at a conference Thursday.

In the first nine months of 2013, heroin killed more Northern Kentuckians — 108 — than in all of 2012. And the 61 fatal heroin overdoses that year was nearly double the 31 in the region from the year before.

Here’s why the scarcity of treatment is such a problem and why local officials think it could help on multiple fronts:

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at


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