It has become common knowledge that our state is suffering
from a strong uptick in heroin use. Families have been torn apart and
communities devastated by a drug that was, until fairly recently,
largely absent in rural America.
Politicians and public health
officials have struggled to have a robust response to the issue, and
many have overlooked something that has to be a crucial part of any
comprehensive solution — syringe access programs.
are misunderstood and deeply stigmatized, and current policies
prohibiting funding do not help matters. Nonetheless, if we are serious
about tackling Kentucky’s heroin problem, we must have a sensible
conversation about syringe programs.