Ky. lawmakers to address state's heroin problem - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ky. lawmakers to address state's heroin problem

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky lawmakers are gaveling in for the start of the 2015 legislative session.

Lawmakers plan to tackle a series of issues from local option sales tax to drugs, especially heroin.

This afternoon, Attorney General Jack Conway will join Governor Steve Beshear and Jane Beshear to announce money for a project aimed at reducing the number of heroin overdose deaths.

Since 2011 heroin overdose deaths have increased tenfold.

Republican Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer, has filed a bill in the state Senate to address heroin overdose deaths. Lawmakers from both political parties say it is a priority to pass legislation this year combating heroin use.

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