Ky. heroin bills raise hope, face skepticism

As the Kentucky General Assembly gears up for a shortened session and to tackle heroin legislation, many anti-heroin activists say proposed bills don't go far enough. 

One of the leading bills proposed to combat Kentucky's heroin epidemic gives an addict a better chance at receiving treatment if he is arrested than if he tries to check into a rehab clinic.

Another of the multiple proposals is expected to include a provision that would allow needle exchanges, an approach favored by public health officials trying to ward off the spread of hepatitis or HIV, but abhorred by conservatives not willing to appear soft on crime.

A third ups the criminal penalties for dealing heroin and other opiates without increasing any funding for treatment for addicts.

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