Heroin forum Thursday evening in Montgomery Co.

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MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (WTVQ) – Less than a week after a community meeting on a growing heroin crisis in Morehead, leaders in Montgomery County are doing the same thing tonight in Montgomery Co.

The event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and being held in the Montgomery County High School auditorium, was planned long before 21 people overdosed on heroin at the end of last month, because community leaders recognized the growing danger of the heroin epidemic.

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The rash of overdoses happened overnight on August 24 and into the early morning hours of the 25th, with one person out of the 21 dying from overdose.  Full toxicology reports haven’t been released yet by the DEA, but federal investigators say that a bad batch of heroin was laced with fentanyl, a painkiller that can be 50 times as potent as heroin.  Three people have been arrested in Cincinatti in connection with bringing that drug down to Montgomery County.

Montgomery County ADAPT, headed by the Mount Sterling Police Chief,  is one of the big organizations leading the fight against the spread of heroin in the area, and although there are many socio-economic factors contributing to the rise of heroin, officials say education is key to its prevention.