FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -
The bill cleared the Judiciary Committee on Thursday. It calls for tougher punishment for high-volume traffickers. They would have to serve more of their prison sentences before becoming eligible for parole.
On the treatment side, the bill would require the Kentucky Medicaid program to pay for substance-abuse treatment. The father of a man who died from a heroin overdose said northern Kentucky has an acute shortage of substance abuse treatment beds.
The bill's lead sponsor, Sen. Katie Stine, said heroin abuse is "tearing the very fiber of our society."