Kentucky Justice Secretary traveling to Washington to talk about opioid crisis


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley is traveling to Washington to talk about the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Tilley is scheduled to speak to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at 10 a.m. Thursday. The hearing can be viewed online at the committee’s website .

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Tilley also spoke to the House Energy and Commerce Committee about opioids in July.

More than 1,400 people died in Kentucky last year because of a drug overdose, a 7.4 percent increase from 2015. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has responded with a “Don’t Let Them Die” marketing campaign to raise awareness. Earlier this month, Bevin’s administration launched a help line for people to call to get access to the state’s drug treatment services.