Drugs/Alcohol
7:42 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

McConnell Hears Testimony On Kentucky's Heroin Epidemic

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell
Credit Outside The Beltway

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is considering how Kentucky should fight its burgeoning heroin epidemic.

After hearing testimony from Northern Kentuckians on Friday (March 7), McConnell told reporters he supports a strategy that combines incarcerating drug offenders, then placing them into addiction treatment programs.

“The conclusion you draw from listening to the experts, some emphasize treatment, some talk about incarceration. I think it probably takes a combination of both. We know this is a scourge, and it’s been particularly challenging here in Northern Kentucky,” said McConnell.

Republican Northern Kentucky state Senator Katie Stine, who also attended the discussion, has filed a bill in the state legislature that would use money from the Affordable Care Act to fund opiate addiction treatment in the Commonwealth.