heroin http://wfpl.org en High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session http://wfpl.org/post/high-profile-bills-falter-last-day-kentucky-general-assembly-session <p>FRANKFORT—Kentucky lawmakers squabbled until midnight, turning the final day of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly into a last-minute dash that saw many promising bills fail to clear the House and Senate.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:57:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9148 at http://wfpl.org High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year http://wfpl.org/post/bill-aimed-curbing-kentucky-heroin-epidemic-likely-fail-year <p>A bill cracking down on Kentucky's growing heroin epidemic is facing an uncertain future in Frankfort, as lawmakers are concerned about the constitutionality of one of the bill’s key provisions.</p><p>Under the current language of the bill, the dealers who sold drugs to the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman could be charged with homicide, if they were in Kentucky. The same goes for the dealers' suppliers.</p><p>That has many state lawmakers concerned over the constitutionality of charging third and fourth-parties with homicide.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:22:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9042 at http://wfpl.org Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year Northern Kentuckians Share Thoughts on Heroin Epidemic With U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/northern-kentuckians-share-thoughts-heroin-epidemic-us-sen-mitch-mcconnell <p>FLORENCE– Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell heard testimony on Friday from Northern Kentuckians on how to tackle Kentucky’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.</p><p>McConnell held court at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District building for a 90-minute discussion that featured panelists with first-hand knowledge of the drug’s impact, including law enforcement officials, opiate treatment specialists, educators and a recovering heroin addict.</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8818 at http://wfpl.org Northern Kentuckians Share Thoughts on Heroin Epidemic With U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell Kentucky State Senate Approves Heroin Legislation http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-senate-approves-heroin-legislation <p>FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill meant to fight the state's heroin problem.</p><p>The Senate on Thursday voted 36 to 0 in support of the bill, which includes multiple provisions to address a growing epidemic of heroin abuse across the state. It enforces new punishments and funds treatment.</p><p>Eric Specht, who founded the anti-heroin group North Kentucky Hates Heroin after his son Nicolas died from an overdose last year, told lawmakers that the bill’s expansion of treatment options would have helped his son.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:42:28 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8273 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Senate Approves Heroin Legislation What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly http://wfpl.org/post/what-expect-2014-kentucky-general-assembly <p>As temperatures in Kentucky slowly <a href="/post/jcps-other-schools-closed-tuesday-extreme-cold-remains">climb out of the polar abyss,</a> so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.</p><p>The session starts Tuesday.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:58:56 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8145 at http://wfpl.org What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Kentucky Lawmaker on Heroin Bill: 'Another Hammer' Won't Fix Drug Problems http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-lawmaker-heroin-bill-another-hammer-wont-fix-drug-problems <p>A Kentucky lawmaker says decriminalizing drugs and devoting enforcement efforts to healthcare is the only way to stop the state’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.</p><p>Sen. Perry Clark says legislation proposed for the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly session is more of the same in the failed War on Drugs.</p><p>Clark takes issue with a plan by Senate colleague Katie Stine that would combat heroin by stiffening the penalties for traffickers and making overdose deaths a criminal homicide.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7782 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Lawmaker on Heroin Bill: 'Another Hammer' Won't Fix Drug Problems