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Heroin Epidemic in Northern Kentucky

Posted on January 24, 2013 in General Criminal Law Issues - Northern KY

While most of the judges, prosecutors, law enforcement and criminal defense attorneys are opposed to heroin in Northern Kentucky, I am taking this opportunity to specifically make note of a few who are fighting the hardest to rid Northern Kentucky of the epidemic of heroin which is sweeping through Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties.

Judge Ken Easterling routinely gives speeches to defendants, makes statements on FaceBook and speaks to the press about the troubles of heroin in Kenton county.  Judge Grothaus also makes speeches and, like many other judges, also does what he can to try to get the defendants off of drugs.  Criminal defendants make every promise in the world in order to be released from incarceration. The primary reason is because they are in need of getting high again.  All too often, a person is released from jail only to go out and get high again, many times with deadly consequences.

The increase in number of heroin related deaths in Northern Kentucky is exponential over the past few years.  The number of heroin addicts is crowding the local jails and it is estimated that over 70% of the current inmates have a heroin addiction.  In today’s NKy section (see link for article) of the Cincinnati Enquirer is public advocate Ameer Mabjish, who is working with a film crew to create a documentary of heroin in northern Kentucky.  In addition to defending the accused, many good criminal defense attorneys work with clients to get them into drug rehab and off of the heroin.  I applaud the efforts of those working toward a solution to this problem.

If you have or know someone using heroin, get help.  If you have been charged with heroin possession or trafficking, contact an attorney for legal advice.  In Northern Kentucky, contact Michael Bouldin for consultation at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) or email at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com .