NKY Heroin

WFIU/WTIU News

As the heroin crisis continues across the country and here in Greater Cincinnati, news and media organizations have been trying to explore and expose the many aspects of drug abuse, the individuals fighting addiction and community response to the epidemic.

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Heroin abuse is becoming epidemic across the country, and the Northern Kentucky area has been particularly hard hit, experiencing a dramatic increase in those addicted to the drug and overdose deaths. Local communities, law enforcement, service agencies and medical professionals are collaborating on efforts to reduce heroin use, but there are different views on how best to combat the problem.

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Needle exchange programs allow intravenous drug users to trade in used needles for sterile ones, and are designed to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among drug users. They are also an effective way to present addicts with information about drug treatment programs and other social services. 

Al Jazeera America

Soledad O’Brien came to Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati suburbs for her one-hour “Heroin USA” documentary because Greater Cincinnati “has recently become the center of the nation’s heroin epidemic," says the show publicist.

“Heroin USA: A Soledad O'Brien Special Report,” airing at 10 p.m. Sunday on the Al Jazeera America network, will be told through three area residents: Olivia DeLand; Sarah Kordenbrock , a former Covington high school volleyball captain; and the late Mike Heffron, who died from a heroin overdose in 2013.

The network describes them this way:

Northern Kentucky Drug Task Force

A Northern Kentucky task force put together to respond to the region's heroin epidemic will update the public on its work Tuesday evening.  

Lynne Saddler is with the Northern Kentucky Health Department and is co-chairing the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Response Task Force.