Families of overdose victims speak out against heroin epidemic - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Families of overdose victims speak out against heroin epidemic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Families who lost their loved ones to heroin say they know what's lead to a surge in the drug. 

"The heroin epidemic that we're currently facing is a a symptom of the prescription drug epidemic that has been hurting Kentucky and across the country for year," Emily Walden said. Her son died of an overdose in 2012. 

She organized a rally in downtown Louisville Monday as part of International Overdose Awareness Day.

Walden and others say the increase in heroin usage is directly connected to Kentucky's stricter laws on prescriptions. Unable to get pills, many addicts are turning to heroin.

"He just got on these pills lead him to the heroin and, um, the pills lead him to the heroin and he eventually lost his life. He was 21 years old," Stacy Werner said of her son, who also died of an overdose.

As for solutions, Walden says the Federal Drug Administration needs to stop approving new opiates and more funding must be set aside for treatment programs. 

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