POLL: 20% of people in Lexington know someone addicted to heroin

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – One in five people around Lexington know someone with a heroin addiction and use of the drug continues to increase.

The new numbers come from the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll.

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The poll is funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health and was conducted Sept. 11-Oct. 19, 2016, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati.

A random sample of 1,580 adults from throughout Kentucky was interviewed by telephone and researches say statewide estimates will be accurate to ±2.5%.

27-percent of Kentucky adults say they know someone who has abused prescription pain medication; 20-percent in the Lexington area.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that heroin use has increased sharply across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels.

“The country, and Kentucky in particular, are facing an opioid epidemic that is truly shocking,” said Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky President and CEO Ben Chandler. “Kentuckians are seeing friends and family members struggle with addiction, and the increase in heroin use is particularly alarming. Heroin overdose rates are climbing across the country, and Kentucky is no exception.”

A copy of the KHIP poll is available here.

The numbers in the polls represent people.  ABC 36 talked with Bonita Marsie, who lost her daughter to a heroin overdose.  Watch the video to see how she is hoping to encourage other people who have a loved one that is an addict.

Marsie is planning a Poker Run Ride on June 24th in memory of her daughter, Trisha Green.

It will be hosted by American Legion Riders Post 313 and all proceeds will go to the Chrysalis House, a substance abuse center for women.

More information can be found by contacting an ALR member.