Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Governor Beshear Celebrates Passage of Comprehensive Heroin Bill

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

“This is the legislation Kentuckians have been waiting for – a robust and comprehensive package that attacks the spectrum of heroin abuse, from punishing traffickers to supporting addiction treatment to protecting public health through needle exchanges. Heroin is a multi-dimensional monster and demands an array of tactics to support families, treat addicts and protect our communities.  Senate Bill 192 is tough on traffickers who bring these deadly drugs into our communities, but compassionate toward those who report overdoses or who admit they need help for their addiction.  I applaud our legislators for putting aside partisan interests for the greater good of all Kentuckians who have been affected by this devastating drug. Because the bill has an emergency clause, I will sign it first thing tomorrow morning – Kentuckians can’t wait one more minute for the tools it provides to fight heroin.” - Gov. Steve Beshear