WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and federal Drug Czar Jim Carroll were in Winchester Wednesday morning to officially designate Clark County’s addition to the highly-regarded federal anti-drug program, the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
The program provides federal support to law enforcement agencies in designated counties with coordination, equipment, technology and additional resources to combat drug production and trafficking.
“We had a 25% spike in fatal overdoses this year that’s before we were shutdown with COVID-19 so clearly this crisis has only gotten worse,” McConnell said referring to opioid addiction issues that have plagued the region.
Clark County is one of three Kentucky counties among only 15 counties nationwide to receive new HIDTA designations this year.
McConnell then headed to Montgomery County to highlight front-line healthcare heroes at Sterling Health Care.