Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

How bad is Kentucky's drug problem? Just ask Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods. He says the drug problem in northeastern Kentucky has “reached past an epidemic to biblical plague proportions.”  And woods should know. In just a six day time period Boyd County has had 19 overdoses with four deaths.  Altogether, Boyd County has seen 173 overdoses this year. County officials have gotten so desperate they held a press conference and asked the community for help. We all need to help but we must realize that at the heart of the drug crisis is an emptiness of the soul, its the deep pain that people try to numb. In order to get to the root of the drug crisis we must speak to the hearts of the drug-addicted.