Webinar | October 2015
Fighting a Heroin Epidemic in the SLC States
Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal a significant increase in the use of heroin in the United States over the decade between 2002 and 2013. With increases spanning across gender, age groups, and all income levels, the rate of death from a heroin overdose has nearly quadrupled over the same period of time; in 2013 alone, more than 8,200 people died from a heroin overdose. As heroin abuse and addiction continue to rise to the levels of a public health emergency, states have begun to grapple with what resources and protocols are necessary to intervene with those already addicted to the drug and mitigate the side effects of its use, and what measures can be implemented to prevent others from starting to use heroin and other opiates. This webinar from the Southern Legislative Conference examined the policy options for lawmakers, recent legislative action in Kentucky to address the growing epidemic, and the efforts being undertaken by law enforcement in the SLC states to remove heroin from the streets.
Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky
John C. “Jack” Killorin, Director, Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Robert Childs, Executive Director, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition