U.S. Attorney General heading to Kentucky

U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch in KY

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is heading to Kentucky. Her visit comes as local, state and federal leaders are looking to stop the heroin epidemic, which put Kentucky in the spotlight recently with tainted heroin overdoses.

The visits to Lexington and Richmond on September 20 will include a policy speech about the fight to prevent deaths from heroin and other opioids. Several states have reported a spike in overdoses, including a two day period that saw more than two dozen overdoses in Kentuckiana alone.

Lynch will host a town hall at Madison County Central High School in Richmond at 9:15 a.m. At 3:45 p.m. she will speak at UK.

President Barack Obama declared this Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. The appearances by Loretta Lynch are to coincide with the announcement of a threefold effort that highlights prevention, enforcement and treatment.

A spokesman for Kentucky A.G. Andy Beshear said that General Beshear will be in Western Kentucky for a rape crisis partnership announcement, but Deputy A.G. J. Michael Brown is expected to appear with Lynch.

WHAS11 will live stream the Richmond appearance on our website.



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