New Bill to Help Heroin Abuse

By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email
By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email

A new bill is designed to give harsher punishment for heroin traffickers, as well as have the Kentucky Medicaid Program pay for Substance-Abuse Treatment.

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Officials in Warren County say heroin isn't as much of a problem here as it is in larger areas, but it's still certainly something they're always on the look-out for.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- There is a new bill in Frankfort to help fight heroin addiction in our state.

The Kentucky Senate passed the bill yesterday with a 36-0 vote.

The bill is designed to give harsher punishment for heroin traffickers, as well as have the Kentucky Medicaid Program pay for Substance-Abuse Treatment.

Officials in Warren County say heroin isn't as much of a problem here as it is in larger areas, but it's still certainly something they're always on the look-out for.

"In 2013 we had 5 cases for trafficking heroin here in Warren County. We were lucky enough very early on to identify the source that was bringing the heroin into Bowling Green and able to arrest him, he's since gone to prison. For right now that's pretty much seemed to cut the heroin out of the Bowling Green area. However I'm not naive enough to think it won't come back," said Thomas Loving with Bowling Green Warren County Drug Task Force.

Loving said even though heroin isn't a huge concern in our area. The bill will still be helpful to all places in Kentucky struggling with the drug.

The bill's next step is to go to the Kentucky House.


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