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The number of new Hepatitis C cases leaped nearly 300 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the CDC points to the likely culprit behind the spike in cases of the infectious disease: the use of heroin and other injection drugs.

Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police have seized $1.5 million worth of heroin during a traffic stop in Lyon County Monday evening. 

Rebecca Kiger

We’ve heard the statistics on the region’s heroin crisis, and how many have fallen into addiction. But one person’s story can tell a lot about what it takes to get out. As part of an occasional series on the Affordable Care Act, the Ohio Valley ReSource explores how the law expanded substance abuse treatment for thousands, including Wendy Crites. Producers Glynis Board and Rebecca Kiger bring us the story of Crites’ struggle for sobriety, told in her own words.

Joseph Lord

The Kentucky Senate has voted to make all trafficking in heroin or Fentanyl Class C felonies. Proponents hope the change would result in fewer overdose deaths.

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The Ohio Valley’s addiction crisis is reaching a new generation as the number of drug affected babies rises at an astonishing rate. 

Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

The Centers for Disease Control recently ranked the counties in the nation with the greatest risk for an HIV outbreak due to needle-injected drugs. The top ten are all in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. Needle exchange programs can limit the risk of infection, but they also challenge some deeply held convictions. Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports from Powell County, Kentucky, where the opioid crisis has forced a religious community to reconsider some beliefs.

Ryland Barton

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says he will advocate for two drug-related measures when the legislature convenes next month.

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While heroin-related deaths are seeing ‘epidemic-levels’ in other parts of the Ohio Valley, Tennessee health officials say the state hit its record number of drug overdose deaths last year.

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  As a shortage of primary care physicians looms across the nation and Kentucky, state lawmakers are considering whether to expand the role of physician assistants by allowing them to prescribe controlled substances.

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Kentucky lawmakers will be asked to further strengthen laws to combat the state’s heroin problem. Often labeled an epidemic with the large number of overdose deaths, the pre-filed legislation creates penalties for dealers of fentanyl, carfentanil, and other designer drugs.

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