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New Bill Cracks Down on Heroin Dealers and Supports Treatment
BELLEVUE, Ky. (WKRC) -- A local lawmaker plays a key role in a bill to try and fight our area's growing heroin epidemic.
Senator Katie Stine joined Kentucky attorney general Jack Conway Thursday to unveil the legislation which has support on both sides of the political aisle.
The measure would increase sentences for heroin traffickers and it requires coroners to notify the commonwealth's attorney of any drug overdose death. The bill also helps addicts get treatment by requiring Kentucky's Medicaid program to pay for substance abuse treatment.
Stine said, "There are others who have lost sisters, sons, daughters, brothers and the list goes on. But today we're here stop that list from going on."
Conway says last year heroin overdose deaths in Kentucky increased by 650 percent last year, and Conway says 2013 is on track to be far worse. He says much of the increase has to do with the crackdown on prescription pills and cheap heroin prices.