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Reaching Our Community with Prevention, Education and Support.



Why is Prevention Important?
  • A substance use disorder is a chronic, progressive, relapsing disease, not unlike heart disease, cancer or diabetes. It has a pediatric onset, when the brain is not fully developed, and use and abuse peaks in young adulthood. It is also preventable and treatable.


  • There are two main factors that lead to substance use disorders – early onset of use and biologic factors.


  • The research tells us that those who begin to use substances before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to develop abuse/dependence in adulthood.


  • Children of addicts are 4 times more likely to develop the disease.


  • It is important to delay when initiation occurs – remember brain development – so kids can grow up healthy and well.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Abuse?
  • Physical: small pupils, shallow or slow breathing, slow pulse/heart rate, analgesia (feeling no pain), sedation, euphoria (feeling high), nausea, vomiting, itching or flushed skin, constipation, slurred speech, poor coordination.


  • Behavioral: changes in friends/grades/activities, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, changes in weight, deterioration of physical appearance/personal grooming habits, confusion or poor judgment.
What are the Harms and Consequences of Opiate Abuse?
  • Impaired decision-making abilities, ability to regulate behavior, and respond to stressful situations.


  • Physical dependence, addiction.


  • Respiratory depression, hypoxia, coma, permanent brain damage, death.


Law Enforcement/Cutting Supply

Because heroin trafficking has become so widespread, the majority of investigations done by the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force center on heroin.


Heroin also is available in greater quantities, and at a lower price per gram, than it was two or three years ago. Moreover, there are established drug trafficking organizations that have networks in place, capable of distributing large quantities of heroin throughout the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region.


Heroin traffickers on the street in Northern Kentucky may have suppliers in Cincinnati or Lexington, and that’s why it is so vital for law enforcement to work cooperatively across county lines.


The Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force serves the Northern Kentucky communities within Campbell, Kenton, and Boone Counties.


Staff and task force officers are committed to making Northern Kentucky a safer community through aggressive investigation of drug traffickers and by providing training and educational resources to law enforcement and community partners.

This Includes:
    • Ensuring that cross-county collaboration among local law enforcement and regional drug enforcement agencies are strengthened.


    • Developing and implementing strategies to reduce the supply of heroin and other drugs.


    • Encouraging community residents to watch out for each other, their property, and any suspicious activity.


    • Facilitating community partnerships among businesses, law enforcement, and all sectors of the community to prevent crime and to deter the re-sale of stolen property



Addiction, like any other illness, requires treatment to recover
  • Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse. As with other chronic illnesses, relapses to drug abuse can occur. Relapse signals the need for treatment to be reinstated or changed. It does not indicate that the individual can’t get better. To learn more, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse website: www.drugabuse.gov
Families Suffer Too
  • National surveys indicate that 1 in 4 families are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction in a family member. Alcoholism and drug addiction affects the whole family – young, teenage, or grown-up children; wives or husbands; brothers or sisters; parents or other relatives and friends.


  • Without help, active addiction can totally disrupt family life and cause harmful effects that can last a lifetime.
Reaching Out is Critical.
  • Even when we know there is a problem with addiction and really want to fix it…going to an addiction treatment program for help can be really intimidating. Sometimes it seems your calls get you nowhere. Maybe you have tried before and feel like you failed. Or maybe you are not sure what to expect and find the whole thing overwhelming. Don’t give up. There is help available.


Harm Reduction

  • Drug use is part of our world and harm reduction efforts work to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them.
  • Drug use is a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon that encompasses a continuum of behaviors from severe abuse to total abstinence, and acknowledges that some ways of using drugs are clearly safer than others.
  • Harm reduction is a non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use drugs and the communities in which they live in order to assist them in reducing harm to themselves.
  • Harm reduction does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit drug use.