5:42pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Health and Welfare

Northern Kentucky is Heroin Epicenter

Northern Kentucky is the state’s epicenter for heroin, straining legal and medical systems and bringing deadly consequences that are starting to spill out to the rest of the state. Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties together accounted for nearly 60 percent of Kentucky’s heroin prosecutions in 2011, even though the three counties have just 8.4 percent of the state’s population. The counties’ rate of heroin overdose deaths is more than twice that of Hamilton County or metro Louisville.