COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -
New statistics indicate heroin-related overdose deaths declined in 2014 in three northern Kentucky counties hard hit by the drug epidemic.
Citing the latest statistics from the Kentucky Medical Examiner's office, The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1JV4mRo ) reports that Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties had a combined 64 heroin-related overdose deaths in 2014, down from 72 in 2013.
Leaders of the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Response Task Force say the drop shows community efforts are beginning to yield results.
Dr. Tracey Corey, Kentucky's chief medical examiner, released to The Enquirer the latest count of overdose deaths statewide that included heroin in the bloodstream. Her analyst noted that the medical examiner does not get all heroin-related overdose deaths cases, however.
The medical examiner had 233 such deaths in 2014, up from 230 in 2013.
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