State Lawmaker To Revive Heroin Bill

Oct 14, 2013

One Kentucky lawmaker may renew her push for a failed bill that would further crack down on heroin trafficking.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports state Sen. Katie Stine intends to revive Senate Bill 6, which would have made illegally trafficking in a Schedule I controlled substance sufficient to establish causation, and authorize a charge of criminal homicide if the death resulted from an overdose regardless of whether the defendant had any direct knowledge or contact with the individual who died.

The bill would also order coroners to report certain drug overdose deaths to commonwealth’s attorneys in order to prosecute more cases.

Heroin has risen in popularity in the state following a crackdown on prescription drug abuse. Stine’s district in Northern Kentucky has been hit especially hard by the trend.