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Lawmakers Work To Restart Heroin Bill

A heroin bill failed to clear Kentucky’s General Assembly this year, but a small group of lawmakers is working to resurrect the legislation.

House Judiciary Chair John Tilley told cn|2 Pure Politics all options remain on the table, but the more controversial provisions that helped sink the 2014 bill will have to be reexamined.

"There is no silver bullet... There are things we can do to save lives, to continue to treat people with this horrible addiction, to hopefully prevent folks from ever trying heroin because it is a deadly product," he said.

Some provisions in the original bill, such as a needle exchange program and harsher penalties for heroin dealers who were shown to have contributed to overdose deaths, were met with skepticism.

Tilley says he hopes a new version of the bill will include increased funding for treatment and prevention efforts.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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