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Kentucky will receive a big infusion of federal funds to reinforce efforts to combat the state's addiction woes from the opioid epidemic.

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Kentucky officials are reporting the first statewide drop in drug overdose deaths since 2013.

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Kentucky schools could provide another tool in the state’s fight against heroin. 

The pharmaceutical company AdaptPharma is donating the antidote Narcan, also known as Naloxone, to Kentucky schools. 

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Few pieces of legislation drew as much attention this year as the bill addressing Kentucky’s recent surge in heroin abuse and overdose-related deaths.

State lawmakers approved the bill at the close of the legislative session. Now, they’re beginning to look at the next steps to address what’s been described as an epidemic of heroin abuse in Kentucky.

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The state Senate’s first public discussion of the House’s heroin bill on Wednesday highlighted the differences between the two chambers as they seek to address a surge in addiction throughout Kentucky.

The House bill focuses on treatment and enforcement that distinguishes between peddlers, mid-level traffickers and aggravated traffickers.

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One of the most pressing issues before state lawmakers in 2015 relates to heroin addiction.

In the last few years, drug overdose deaths have been a priority concern in many Kentucky cities and increasingly in rural communities. 

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A Kentucky lawmaker is taking issue with proposed legislation aimed at tackling the state’s growing heroin problem. 

Legislation from Republican Senator Katie Stine would raise penalties for heroin traffickers and punish dealers by reclassifying overdose deaths as criminal homicide when there is sufficient evidence.