Gov. Beshear reveals state’s $10M plan to fight heroin use

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has revealed how a pledged $10 million dollars will be used to tackle the state’s heroin epidemic.

Multiple media outlets report that the destinations for the next fiscal year’s funds were announced on Monday.

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Starting July 1, the money will be divided in eight primary ways, including $2.6 million going to community centers for substance abuse treatment, $1 million to care for babies born addicted to opiates and $1.5 million aimed at treatment programs for county and state inmates.

Democratic state Rep. Sannie Overly, who is from Paris, offered the amendment that provided the funding. Overly says the money will make a big difference toward addressing the problem.

Heroin use in Kentucky has skyrocketed recently, with overdoses increasing 207 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to state data.


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