The Kentucky Senate has adopted legislation aimed at addressing the state’s growing heroin problem. It contains provisions on treatment, education, and intervention. Senate bill five increases penalties for high volume heroin traffickers and paves the way for charging them with homicide when there is an overdose death.
The measure also requires the Kentucky Medicaid Program to cover substance abuse treatment programs for those seeking treatment. The state Office of Drug Control Policy reports there were one thousand four overdose deaths in Kentucky during 2012. It included a 650 percent increase I heroin deaths compared to 2011.