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Proposed law would crack down on heroin dealers

Proposed legislation under consideration in the Kentucky Senate cracks down on heroin dealers and tries to help addicts by providing millions for treatment. (FOX19 NOW) Proposed legislation under consideration in the Kentucky Senate cracks down on heroin dealers and tries to help addicts by providing millions for treatment. (FOX19 NOW)
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Proposed legislation under consideration in the Kentucky Senate cracks down on heroin dealers and tries to help addicts by providing millions for treatment.

Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) is sponsoring Senate Bill 5, which would increase penalties for traffickers and give millions for treatment programs.

If passed into law, the measure would come at a time when a new health poll found that three out of 10 Northern Kentucky residents know someone who has experienced problems as a result of heroin, compared to one in 10 statewide.

Drug overdose deaths in the state have now surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in Kentucky, according to the 2014 Kentucky Health Issues poll. Only West Virginia and New Mexico reported more.\

Senate Bill 5 provides $7.5 million annually for treatment programs in county jails and $5.8 million in funding to community mental health agencies for treatment programs. 

It makes trafficking in any amount punishable by five to 10 years in prison. Convicted heroin dealers would have to serve at least half of their prison sentences, but prosecutors can request less time if a defendant helps in a case. 

The bill also would allow people to be eligible for deferred prosecution if they call emergency responders for help when someone overdoses.

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