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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Battling Heroin in Fort Thomas | What's Being Found On Those Arrested

Map of opioid-related arrests in NKY. NK Health Dept. 
Fort Thomas Matters is committed to shining a light on the fight against heroin in our community. To that end, we will be highlighting information that we have obtained from Fort Thomas Police reports that demonstrate who is being arrested in the community, where they are from, what they are being arrested for and with.

We will look for trends before culminating the coverage into a podcast with law enforcement officials, where we'll discuss the trends that they are seeing and how they are dealing with the increasing trend of opioid addiction.

This series is merely meant to shed light on statistics. We will try to make sense of that and analyze those numbers during the podcast with officials.

The first part of this Battling Heroin in Fort Thomas series looked at how many individuals have been arrested within the confines of 41075 and where they are from.

These next statistics will demonstrate the trends on what type of paraphernalia is being found when stops lead to arrests. There were 142 items confiscated directly from arrests in 2016, up 31% from 2015 and 273% from 2014.

Needles/Syringe - 72
Spoon - 8
Filter Material - 19
Q-Tip - 1
Can - 2
Tie Off Items - 13
Baggies - 2
Scales - 2
Syringe Caps - 9
Bottle Caps - 2
Miscellaneous - 12

According to the Northern Kentucky Health Department report, GEOStory of Opiod Addiction, police incident reports  from all of northern Kentucky data shows an increase in all drug related incidents over the last five years. In 2015, there were 7,216 incidents with 66.3% being drug related; heroin was involved in 23.1% of drug-related incidents. In 2011, one in ten drug incidents involved opioids; in 2015, one in four drug incidents were opioid related.

Also according to reports, those in Fort Thomas charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Heroin Related totaled 68 in 2016, up from 50 in 2015 and 29 in 2014.

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