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Lexington assembles task force to deal with heroin

Jul. 12, 2013 @ 03:20 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — There have been 28 heroin overdoses in Lexington so far this year — six more than all of 2012 and more than five times the number two years ago.

Those figures have prompted officials in Lexington to a task force to deal with a spike in heroin overdoses in the city.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that the task force announced Friday has implemented several initiatives to stem the problem. The programs focus on public education as well as training for law enforcement and emergency workers dealing with overdoses.

Statewide, there were criminal 456 cases containing some type of heroin charge in circuit courts in 2011. That number rose to 921 in 2012. In district court, there were 679 heroin related cases in 2011 and 1,784 in 2012.