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Bill seeking to toughen punishment for high-level heroin traffickers draws bipartisan backing
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:53 PM EST
A surge in heroin-related deaths is spurring a response from Kentucky lawmakers, who are proposing tougher punishment for high-level traffickers.
Promoting the legislation on Thursday were Attorney General Jack Conway, Republican state Sen. Katie Stine and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Tilley, a Democrat. Conway said the legislation has the potential to save lives.
State officials say heroin overdose deaths increased 650 percent in 2012 and say the trend is continuing.
The bill also would require the state's Medicaid program to cover substance abuse treatment.