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7:26 am
Wed August 6, 2014

On the 'Front Line' of Prescription Drug Abuse, Kentucky Gets $1 Million From CDC To Fight Overdoses

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending more than $1 million to Kentucky to combat a rising prescription drug overdose death epidemic, the federal agency announced Tuesday evening.

WFPL reported last week that overdose deaths related to heroin are continuing to rise. The state's Justice and Public Safety Cabinet reports these deaths have spiked 27 percent in just three years.

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9:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Kentucky Deaths From Heroin Have Increased 27 Percent Since 2011

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Overdose deaths related to heroin use are rising in Kentucky.

The percentage of these deaths attributed to heroin has increased 27 percent since 2011, according to a report released Thursday by the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Of the 191 deaths from drug overdose in Jefferson County in 2013, 105 were the result of heroin use, according to the report.

Fayette County had the second highest amount of overdose deaths, with 86.

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6:57 am
Wed April 16, 2014

High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session

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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.

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2:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year

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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.

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.

That has many state lawmakers concerned over the constitutionality of charging third and fourth-parties with homicide.

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7:00 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Northern Kentuckians Share Thoughts on Heroin Epidemic With U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

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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.

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.

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9:42 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Kentucky State Senate Approves Heroin Legislation

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill meant to fight the state's heroin problem.

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.

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.

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9:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

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As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, 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.

The session starts Tuesday.

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8:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker on Heroin Bill: 'Another Hammer' Won't Fix Drug Problems

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A Kentucky lawmaker says decriminalizing drugs and devoting enforcement efforts to healthcare is the only way to stop the state’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.

Sen. Perry Clark says legislation proposed for the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly session is more of the same in the failed War on Drugs.

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.

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