Questions Arise from Heroin Abuse Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- A bill designed to fight heroin abuse is struggling to make it's way into the law books.

The senate passed the bill earlier in the 20-14 session, but it ran into problems in the house.

The bill is designed to give harsher punishment for heroin traffickers, as well as have the Kentucky medicaid program pay for substance-abuse treatment.

However, one attorney is concerned over a part of this bill that could allow prosecutors to charge dealers for the murder of people they've never met.

"Any number of people who have touched that heroin, not the person the decedent bought it from, not that one person but maybe three people back as the stuff may move along the chain of supply, any number of them could have been accused and convicted of murder without any knowledge whatsoever of the connection between the first person that touched that heroin and the person who died," said Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville.

Yonts said there are several amendments out there to get a heroin abuse bill passed.

He said there is a chance to get that done at the veto over-ride days on April 14th and 15th in Frankfort.


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