Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Workgroup
Rosie Christian lost her son to a Heroin overdose
NORTHERN KENTUCKY (FOX19) -
The heroin epidemic gripping Northern Kentucky is the target of a
multi-faceted effort by some unlikely partners.
This Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Workgroup is
yielding some encouraging results.
No one knows the pain heroin causes more than the mothers who have
bury their children who die from an overdose, like Rosie Christian. As FOX19
reported earlier this year Rosie's son, James Barton, died of a heroin overdose
in the Hamilton county jail.
Rosie says she believes more can be done to help heroin addicts.
"If we don't help the kids that has the addiction the dealers are going to stay
here and keep feeding them."
Rosie says she'd like to see more detox and drug treatment
facilities...and that's what the workgroup is trying to achieve. It's a
mouthful of a name, but Florence Police Captain Linny Cloyd says they're trying
to attack the heroin problem from multiple levels. "They're looking at things
from a broader perspective of what can we do with legislation, what can we do
with treatment, what can we do with prevention, what can we do with law
It's an unprecedented collaborative effort that includes
Transitions treatment centers. Transitions Director, Mac MacArthur says
combating heroin requires a multi-faceted approach. "You cannot treat the
disease in isolation. everybody has to be involved because it comes from all
segments of the community so all segments of the community have to be involved
in healing the problem."
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President, Steve Stephens,
says that healing includes the business community. "We've identified it as a
work force issue. It has really concerned us as it grows that if we don't get
involved this is going to impact our workforce which we already have trouble
with in terms of not enough skills to fill the open jobs we have."
This collaborative effort is making progress, but gains are coming
slowly. However, the Kentucky legislature is considering tough new penalties
for heroin dealers.