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FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) -- A group is forming in northern Kentucky to fight the increasing use of heroin in the region.
Boone County leaders recently met to talk about how bad the problem is, and begin developing a strategy to address it. The meeting attracted law enforcement, city and county officials, health care professionals, school officials, the coroner and judicial representatives.
The variety of leaders who attended the meeting was indicative of how much heroin has affected the community.
Recent statistics show that northern Kentucky is the epicenter of heroin abuse in the state.
Data also shows that in 2011 the counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell had 8.4 percent of the state's population but accounted for 60 percent of the state's heroin prosecutions.