Combating The Heroin Epidemic: Northern Kentucky

Mar 14, 2016

Discarded syringes are becoming far too common in our area due to the dramatic rise in heroin abuse.
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Heroin abuse is becoming epidemic across the country, and the Northern Kentucky area has been particularly hard hit, experiencing a dramatic increase in those addicted to the drug and overdose deaths. Local communities, law enforcement, service agencies and medical professionals are collaborating on efforts to reduce heroin use, but there are different views on how best to combat the problem.

Joining us to discuss programs and proposals to address the heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky are Director of the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, Kimberly Moser; Northern Kentucky University Department of Psychological Science Professor, Dr. Perilou Goddard; and Chairman of People Advocating Recovery in Northern Kentucky (NKYPAR), Kristie Blanchet.

The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University will present the next NKY Forum, Heroin and Northern Kentucky: How Are We responding? What More Can We Do? at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Griffin Hall Digitorium on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. For more information click here.

For information about the heroin crisis in Northern Kentucky, visit the Heroin Impact Response Northern Kentucky Task Force. For a list of drug addiction treatment programs, click here. For information on local support groups, click here.

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Skyward and Legacy.