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Northern Kentucky’s Heroin Epidemic

An opioid epidemic has shattered families and frayed the fabric of Northern Kentucky County communities on an unprecedented scale.


Two key factors have fueled the epidemic:

Heroin is

In Northern Kentucky, heroin is cheap, potent, and readily available. People who use heroin come from all walks of life, cutting across all socioeconomic boundaries.

Treatment is

There is limited treatment capacity for all categories of people, especially adolescents, pregnant women, and those who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The capacity at the only detoxification center in Northern Kentucky is 11 beds.

About Us and Our Mission.

Heroin Impact Response Task Force:

The vision of the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Response Task Force is to see Northern Kentuckians thrive, healthier and happier. The group’s mission is that the people of Northern Kentucky will have access to life-saving and life-restoring resources for heroin addiction that will reduce its impact in our communities.

Guiding Principles:


1. We will engage and support all efforts that promote healthy choices in occupation, recreation, interpersonal relationships, nutrition, and entertainment.

2. We will raise, accept, and direct financial support for programs that promote evidence based prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of substance use disorders.

3. We will aggressively advocate for policy and legislation that addresses addiction as a disease that requires treatment adapted to meet the needs of any individual with a substance use disorder.

4. All our efforts will be directed to remove the stigma of addiction so that people suffering from substance use disorders are recognized and accepted by medical professionals and the community at large as any individual with a chronic disease and treated accordingly.


Coalition Members:

Elizabeth Atwell, Mental Health America

Jim Beiting, Transitions, Inc.

Kristie Blanchet, NKY People Advocating Recovery

Terry Carl, Kenton County Jail

Sherry Carran, Mayor, City of Covington

Bonnie Hedrick, PhD, Northern Kentucky Prevention Alliance

Mina “Mike” Kalfas, M.D., The Christ Hospital

Amy Martin, Northern Kentucky Area Development District

Jason Merrick, Kenton County Jail

Kim Moser, R.N., Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

Anita Prater, Brighton Center

Kathy Reutman, Boone County Schools

Lynne Saddler, M.D., Northern Kentucky Health Department

Meghan Sandfoss, Northern Kentucky Area Development District

Jim Thaxton, HIRT Coordinator

Chuck Washburn, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

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