To combat heroin use, federal prosecutor uses tool popular with young people

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky announced Friday the launch of a video campaign created to clear up misconceptions about heroin, opioids and those who use them.

The series of four videos includes interviews with a federal inmate, a recovering addict, parents of people who died of overdoses and medical professionals to address the dangers of heroin and opioids.

Links to the videos will be sent out to school administrators in more 67 Kentucky counties, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. The campaign will also be promoted using social media.

Kerry B. Harvey, the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Kentucky, said in one of the videos that his office’s focus is on prosecuting drug dealers who profit from putting heroin in people’s hands. He also said heroin addiction is widely seen in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

“I think it’s fair to say that our part of the country is ground zero for the opiate problem,” Harvey said in one of the videos. “This is a deep hole and it’s taken a long time to dig.”

The power of heroin addiction, the overdose dangers of the drug and the methods being used to get dealers off the street are discussed in the series of videos.

Last Friday, Harvey announced a partnership with the Lexington Police Department. During the announcement, Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard said the department has devoted the entire focus of two officers to overdose cases.