Law enforcement officials across six states gathered at a summit in Detroit on Tuesday to join forces against the heroin and opioid epidemic.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, said the summit was planned after he spoke with colleagues in Michigan to begin an initiative to stop the flow of heroin, fentanyl and other opioid drugs across six states, including Kentucky.
Under the initiative, law enforcement and prosecutors across the region will investigate and prosecute the movement of heroin and prescription pills from Michigan and Ohio into Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, according to a news release. The summit also seeks to increase prevention and education efforts.
From 2013 to 2014, drug overdose deaths increased in Kentucky, according to an annual overdose fatality report by Kentucky's Office of Drug Control Policy. The report also stated that opiates were detected in more than half of the bodies autopsied in drug overdose deaths in Kentucky in 2014.