Politics & Government

Kentucky program to get nearly $4 million to fight prescription drug abuse and heroin

Heroin is typically cooked in a spoon over an open flame, such as a candle, before being injected.
Heroin is typically cooked in a spoon over an open flame, such as a candle, before being injected. Getty Images/Wavebreak Media

Kentucky will get nearly $4 million in federal grants to fight prescription drug abuse and heroin, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said Friday.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide $940,000 a year for the next four years to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, McConnell said. The center is a partnership between the state Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky.

The money will allow Kentucky to more closely integrate its prescription drug monitoring program, commonly known as KASPER, with electronic health record systems.

The funds also will be used to target interventions in counties with some of the highest rates of drug overdoses, including Fayette, Jefferson, Boone, Kenton and Campbell.

  Comments