McConnell has 'listening session' on heroin issue

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FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been addressing concerns from state leaders on the state's growing heroin problem.

McConnell heard from medical professionals and law enforcement officials during what he called a "listening session" Friday in Florence.

Much of the discussion centered on solutions that incorporate a multipronged approach to the drug problem, including rehabilitation for addicts and stiffer penalties for traffickers.

Included in the discussion was Republican state Sen. Katie Stine of Southgate, whose bill would appropriate money from heroin penalties to fund addiction treatment.

Stine's bill currently awaits a hearing in the House.

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