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:

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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