The Richmond Register

September 25, 2013

County group hosting conference on rise of heroin use

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Madison County group dedicated to awareness and prevention of substance abuse will conduct a conference next month to highlight the increase of heroin overdose deaths in Kentucky.

The “Heroin in Kentucky Headlines” conference is from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at the First United Methodist Church, 401 W. Main St., Richmond. The Madison County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy is organizing the event.

The 2012 Kentucky Overdose Fatality Report, issued by the Office of Drug Policy, revealed that prescription drug abuse deaths have decreased for the first time in a decade, but heroin overdoses deaths increased 550 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the release.

The event, which includes breakfast, is free and open to the public. Registration is required and will be available after Tuesday at www.madisoncountyasap.com.

The conference will coincide with Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s largest drug prevention campaign, according to an ASAP news release.

Guest speakers will be:

• Dr. Cristin Rolf, deputy state medical examiner

• Jimmy Cornelison, Madison County coroner

• Kerry Harvey, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky

• Special Agent Jared Sullivan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

• Tammy Duke Paull, PRIDE Program Director, Bluegrass Prevention

ASAP encourages the attendance of law enforcement agencies, medical professionals, educators and school administrators, community leaders, elected officials, coalition members, social workers, legal professionals, adult and juvenile criminal justice professionals and parents.

Documentation will be available for self-reporting continuing education hours, the release stated.

The conference is being coordinated by ASAP board members Jerian Shaw, Jessica Miller, Jennifer Sherwood, Karensa Johnson and Jennifer Webb.

For more information, visit the agency’s website or contact Jennifer L. Webb at 859-302-4132.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.