Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The latest news about heroin isn't good, of course most news about illicit drug epidemics is rarely ever good.  Last week, Kentucky and several surrounding states saw a spike in overdoses. Within days, police arrested a Cincinnati man believed to be the source of at least 12 heroin overdoses in Kentucky and may be linked to as many as 170 in Cincinnati. Now, public health officials in Louisville are warning of a spike in  overdoses there. A spokesman for Louisville's Norton Hospital say there were at least 24 confirmed cases. ER doctor, Dr. Robert Couch saw eight overdose patients within five hours and say's we're in a "public health emergency." This is something we've known for years, but until we get to the heart of the issue,the best we'll be able to do is treat the symptoms and try to rescue the victims.