Not everyone agrees where heroin addicts should have the most access to treatment

01/28/2015 05:30 AM

COVINGTON — A recovering northern Kentucky heroin addict would like to see Senate Bill 5, also known as the heroin bill, include more money for treatment in community programs instead of county jails where the majority of the money is slated to go.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, calls for $7.5 million to go county jails and $5.8 million to mental health agencies for treatment programs.

“More money should be distributed to the community than to jails,” said 32-year-old
Austin, a recovering heroin addict from Covington.

However, Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders feels that treatment programs in the jails are good places to start because there’s a better chance for success.

“The one thing we know and see as prosecutors is that, in the jails, we have a captive audience, we have a audience that isn’t going anywhere and we have an audience that has a need,” said Sanders.

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 donald.weber@charter.com.

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