Kentucky’s New Heroin Law Marks A ‘Culture Shift’

https://sarahbennettphotography.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/kentuckys-new-heroin-law-marks-a-culture-shift/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/25/kentucky-heroin-epidemic_n_6941568.html

The state will now allow local health departments to set up needle exchanges and increase the number of people who can carry naloxone, the drug that paramedics use to save a person suffering an opioid overdose. Addicts who survive an overdose will no longer be charged with a crime after being revived. Instead, they will be connected to treatment services and community mental health workers.

At a Wednesday morning press conference before he signed the bill into law, Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said the legislation sent a simple message to addicts across Kentucky: “We’re coming to help you. Work with us. Help us to help you to get on the road to recovery.” …

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