Report: Fighting Heroin Epidemic Costly

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Updated: 11/12/2013 1:30 pm
A study of the heroin epidemic in northern Kentucky has found that it will cost at least $16 million over four years to stabilize and reduce usage of the drug.

The study was conducted over the last year by the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Workgroup. It outlines the depth of the problem and recommends fighting it with changes in education, prevention, support and protection.

Findings are to be announced publicly on Thursday, but the panel gave The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/1hD8XdX) an exclusive look at the report before it is officially released. The document advocates a regional response to the problem.

The report outlines dozens of strategies to meet the goal of reducing the supply of and demand for heroin in the area.

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