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Public Health's Response to Heroin

Updated: Dec. 21, 2016

The Health Department's mission is, in part, to protect the health of Northern Kentuckians. Heroin use and the problems that result from it are a significant concern in the region. 

Infectious diseases: Use of intravenous drugs significantly increases the risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Northern Kentucky has seen dramatic increases in hepatitis B and C case rates, with many cases being associated with IV drug use. Learn more

Syringe access exchange program: Such programs are a tool to reduce the threat of infectious disease spread through infected equipment, as well as a way to connect IV drug users to treatment resources and other health services. Learn more.

Naloxone overdose reversal kits: When administered after an overdose, naloxone can counter-act the life-threatening effects of opioid drugs and keep individuals who have overdosed alive until emergency medical help arrives. Learn more. Naloxone locator map.

Opioid data story map: Designed to help the community better understand the heroin epidemic, this online tool provides data on a variety of issues, including overdoses, blood-borne diseases and police/fire/EMS response, and provides a link to resources and organizations addressing the issue in an eight-county region of Northern Kentucky. View the story map.

Information about local substance abuse treatment programs

Northern Kentucky Addiction Helpline--859.415.9280: Speak to licensed, professional counselors
24 hours a day. Learn more about

NKY Hates Heroin: Resource guide for those facing addiction

Support group for pregnant women seeking recovery from addiction

Rx disposal graphicPrescription drug drop-off boxes
Prescription drug abuse often starts at home, with teenagers stealing unused medications from family medicine cabinets. Unwanted prescription drugs can be safely disposed of in collection boxes. In 2015, the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Task Force Collected more than half a ton of medication from Northern Kentuckians through these boxes. There are 14 local drop-off boxes. To find the one near you, visit

Other groups

The Health Department is involved in a variety of regional efforts to address heroin and related issues, including