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Kentucky Heroin Legislation Action Alert
What’s Going On With Heroin Legislation In Frankfort?
There are 2 bills that have been introduced and passed unanimously in their respective chambers. House Bill 213 and Senate Bill 5. (Click on the bill # to download entire bill)
The House and the Senate must come together and agree on one bill. Your participation will GREATLY increase the likelihood of a comprehensive bill being passed.
Call today 1-800-372-7181
Ask the legislators to pass meaningful legislation to address heroin addiction and the impact it is having on our communities, friends, and families.
Addiction is a complicated illness and one that needs more than just incarceration to address the solution. PAR believes in all pathways to recovery, understands that only one particular treatment option is not the answer, and that addicts need to be treated as individuals.
A few ideas of legislation you can recommend:
1. Expanding access to the lifesaving medication Naloxone with appropriate Good Samaritan protection to include first responders of all capacities.
2. Affirmative defense from prosecution for paraphernalia and personal amounts of illicit drugs for individuals who notify 911 and 1st responders that an overdose may be occurring or has occurred, and that this affirmative defense also be granted to the individual suffering from overdose, and that this defense not have a limit to the number of times it may be utilized.
Make sure your voice is heard.
Make sure to express this legislation needs to save lives
People Advocating Recovery
PAR recently conducted a research study along with the University of Kentucky regarding community stakeholder knowledge of overdose, the overdose medication naloxone (also called Narcan), and willingness to assist in an overdose. You can access the full results here.
Rally in support of the restoration of voting rights will take place in the state Capitol on Thursday, February 26th from 1 to 2 pm.
In most states, after people serve their time, they get their voting rights back automatically. In Kentucky, even a class D felony is enough to lose someone their voting rights forever unless they can get a pardon straight from the governor. Kentucky is one of the four most difficult states for a former felon to get their voting rights back. Only a small handful of states (Virginia, Florida, and Iowa) have as difficult a process.