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Study finds young, white, lower-income men have greatest increase in heroin use, addiction

Young, white men with lower education and income levels have experienced the greatest increase in heroin use and addiction, a study has found. Men 25 to 44 accounted for the highest heroin-related death rate (13.2 per 100,000) in 2015, a 22 percent increase from the previous year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Silvia Martins, the lead author of the new study,...

The war on heroin, once an urban battle, now being fought in rural white America

The war on heroin, once an urban plight that mostly afflicted African Americans, is now being fought in rural white America, Clyde Haberman reports for The New York Times. Over the past decade, 90 percent of first-time heroin users were white, typically people who progressed to heroin from prescription pain reliever drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet. The main reason that users switch to heroin...

‘Drug czars’ on front lines of war on heroin — fighting addiction, offering support, educating

  (NKyTribune file photo)   By Mike Rutledge Special to KyForward   When heroin-addicted inmates start leaving the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, injected with a medication that prevents them from getting high from heroin, Kim Moser and Kirk Kavanaugh are two of the people who made that happen.   When a public education campaign launches around the first of the year...

New lawyer sees heroin’s scourge daily in court, says community has to admit problem

Heroin needles photographed lying on the ground (Photo from River City News)   By Joe Cunningham Special to KyForward   “Heroin must be so good.”   That’s what I leaned in and told the Commonwealth’s Attorney during court as she scribbled her notes on the docket. It was my first day in Boone Circuit Court and that day – like every Wednesday in Burlington – attorneys and defendants...

New lawyer sees heroin's scourge daily in court, says community has to admit problem

Heroin needles photographed lying on the ground (Photo from River City News)   By Joe Cunningham Special to KyForward   “Heroin must be so good.”   That’s what I leaned in and told the Commonwealth’s Attorney during court as she scribbled her notes on the docket. It was my first day in Boone Circuit Court and that day – like every Wednesday in Burlington – attorneys and defendants...