Legislature making progress against heroin plague

"The bill also allows local communities to choose to establish needle exchanges"

During the next few weeks, members of the Kentucky House and Senate will try to hammer out an agreement on a bill to address growing heroin abuse in Kentucky. Each chamber has passed its own measure.

The version that emerges will reflect whether legislators see the heroin epidemic as a criminal problem or a public health crisis, the term used by House Judiciary Committee chairman John Tilley, sponsor of the House bill.

Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, made an eloquent, informed and impassioned case that unless it's treated as a public health crisis, "we'll be digging ourselves out of this until we're all dead and gone."


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