Law enforcement and health professionals are calling heroin abuse in Greater Cincinnati an epidemic. The drug is cheap, easy to get, and its affects are devastating. But several agencies and individuals have joined forces to fight heroin use. Dr. Lynne Saddler, Northern Kentucky Health Department District director of Health, Senior Program Officer Ann Barnum with Interact for Health, and Dr.
Tackling the skyrocketing problem of heroin is still on the front burner for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and area lawmakers.
A study released in November said drug overdose deaths have quadrupled in Kentucky since 1999 and now the number is higher than all other states except for West Virginia and New Mexico. Northern Kentucky is seeing more emergency room visits from overdoses and more people dying from overdoses.
The task force studying Northern Kentucky's increasing heroin problem recommends a combination of increased police presence, legislation and prevention, treatment and recovery. The four-year plan to stabilize and reverse the epidemic, called Northern Kentucky's Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic, is expected to cost $4 million.