Friday, December 20, 2013

Proposal Seeks to Curb Heroin Abuse in Ky.

With heroin overdoses on the rise in Kentucky, the Kentucky Attorney General and two state legislators announced plans Thursday to combat the problem.

The bill, set to be introduced in state legislature in 2014, would strengthen penalties for high-volume drug traffickers and expand substance abuse treatment for opiate addicts.

Under the proposed bill, drug traffickers selling large amounts of opiates would be required to serve at least half of their sentences before coming up for parole. If a drug user overdoses as a result of buying from a high-volume trafficker, the trafficker would face a homicide charge – similar to federal laws. Under the current Kentucky laws and House Bill 463, drug offenders must serve 20 percent of sentences before they are eligible for parole.

The bill would also require Kentucky’s Medicaid program to cover more substance abuse treatment for opiate addicts.