Mother finds heroin needle outside her house
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is holding the first of two heroin forums Wednesday night.
Heroin epidemic 'felt throughout community'
- The Ohio Department of Health reports heroin overdose deaths rose from 697 in 2012 to 983 in 2013.
- Unintentional drug overdoses caused 2,110 deaths of Ohio residents in 2013 -- 196 more deaths compared to 2012’s total. Opiates, including heroin, were culpable in more than 70 percent of those deaths.
- Statewide, heroin overdose deaths increased by 550 percent between 2011 and 2012. In 2012, heroin overdose cases accounted for almost 20 percent of all Kentucky Medical Examiner drug overdose cases, up from only 3.22 percent in 2011.
- According to the "Trust for America's Health" report released in October 2013, drug overdose deaths have quadrupled in Kentucky since 1999, higher than all states but West Virginia and New Mexico.
- In Northern Kentucky the number of overdose deaths doubled between 2010 and 2012 from 31 to 61.
- In 2011, 60 percent of Kentucky's heroin prosecutions were in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, which make up 8.4 percent of the state's population.
- Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Northern Kentucky reported treatment for overdoses increased to 745 in 2014 compared to 545 in 2013 at its Edgewood, Covington, Grant, Florence, and Fort Thomas emergency room locations.
- Rates of acute infections of Hepatitis C in Northern Kentucky doubles the state rate and are 24 times the national rate. Public health officials attribute Northern Kentucky's high infection rate to the region's high levels of the intravenous (IV) use of heroin.
- Admissions for heroin addiction increased from 64 percent in 2009 to 87 percent in 2012 at the region's only non-medical detoxification unit.
- According to the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, the number of court cases for heroin possession and trafficking increased 500 percent from 2008 to 2012 in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties (from 257 to 1,339), and is expected to double in 2013.
- In 2011, nearly 8 percent of youth in 12th grade in Kentucky reported that they had used heroin 1 or more times—three times the U.S. rate. (CDC YRBS)