BROOKSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bracken County officials are hosting two forums to inform the public about the increased use of heroin in the area.
The Ledger Independent (http://bit.ly/1fnohZ8) reports the forums will be held March 3 and 17.
"I believe there is not a family in Bracken County who has not been touched by heroin use in some way. That is how bad it is," said Bracken County Sheriff Howard Niemeier. "Parents have to start believing it is out there, and a threat to their children or we will never get a handle on it."
According to Van Ingram, director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, statewide heroin overdose deaths increased by 650 percent last year.
Bracken County Coroner John Parker says he has seen heroin emerge as the cause of one death in the county this year, with previous drug-related deaths linked to prescription drug overdoses.
Officials say there were 1,567 heroin trafficking charges statewide from Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2013.
Information from: The Ledger Independent, http://www.maysville-online.com