US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that he plans to implement a new drug enforcement administration division to oversee states hard-hit by the opioid epidemic like Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
The division will help law enforcement fight illicit drug trafficking in Appalachia.
In addition, 12 million dollars in grants will be awarded to law enforcement in states dealing with serious opioid problems.
Grants will also go to state agencies that have seized drug chemicals and labs.
Kentucky’s opioid crisis has led to many users turning to harder drugs – some of which may be used intravenously. An increase in intravenous drug use and needle sharing has led to an “epidemic” of Hepatitis C according to Dr. Ardis Hoven of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
The CDC, in 2015, noted that Kentucky’s rate of Hep. C was more than double the national average. The Kentucky Department of Public Health says that between 2008 and 2015 Kentucky had the highest incidence of new Hep. C cases in the nation.
Many people advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana as