Heroin and Addiction Response

In order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), all NKY Health facilities in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties will be closed to the public until further notice. NKY Health services will be limited to the syringe access exchange programs (SAEPs) in Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties, and those that can be provided virtually or over the phone. If you have any questions about NKY Health services at this time, please contact the main office at 859-341-4264 or your local county health center. Thank you for your understanding as we all do our part to limit community transmission of this disease.


The Health Department’s mission is, in part, to protect the health of Northern Kentuckians. Substance use, including the use of heroin, is 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.

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:  Speak to licensed, professional counselors 24 hours a day. Call 859-415-9280.

NKY Hates Heroin: Resource guide for those facing addiction

Prescription drug disposal

Unhealthy use of prescription drug abuse often starts at home, with the theft of unused medications from medicine cabinets. Unwanted prescription drugs can be safely disposed.  Learn more

Other groups

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