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Norton Healthcare hosting conference on how to treat heroin addicts

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According to state officials, Jefferson County had 204 overdose deaths in 2014 and heroin was detected in 105 of those deaths. According to state officials, Jefferson County had 204 overdose deaths in 2014 and heroin was detected in 105 of those deaths.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local doctors will learn more tonight about how to treat people with heroin addictions. 

Norton Healthcare is hosting a conference in Louisville on that topic. A recovering addict, FBI agent, and addiction specialist will all sit on the panel. 

We asked Doctor Kelly Clark, the president elect of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, about the challenges when treating these patients. 

"One of the problems is that people think that opiate addiction, heroin addiction is a bad habit, or it's a lifestyle choice, or its just a choice that people have made and they can go away and get fixed," Clark said. "Addiction is a chronic brain disease. It needs to be treated in an ongoing way."

Clark says she expects to discuss things like medication treatments and needle exchanges with the other doctors. 

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