Heroin popping up more frequently in South Central Kentucky

GLASGOW, Ky. – In our local communities, the drug usually talked about most is Methamphetamine, but, recently, Heroin has started to pop up here in South Central Kentucky.

The drug is already popular in other parts of the state and was the cause of over 1,000 overdose deaths in Kentucky in 2017, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Wednesday, the Glasgow Police Department located Methamphetamine, Heroine, Synthetic Marijuana, Xanax Pills, Marijuana, Hydrocodone and digital scales inside of a residence in Barren County.

In turn, Nedrick B. Rowlett of Glasgow was arrested and charged with multiple counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

The Barren River Drug Task Force Director, Ron Lafferty, said Heroin is extremely addictive and is often cut with other drugs such as Fentanyl and Carfentanil, which can both be fatal.

“These drugs don’t care your social status they don’t care your race; they don’t care about your religion. These drugs are equal opportunity. They will take out anybody, no matter who you are,” said Lafferty.

The Barren Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services Executive Director, Charles O’Neal, says said the drug makes your brain forget basic functions.

“I have had addictions in my family. I know the pain that they went through to try and free themselves from those addictions. Just don’t start. If you don’t start you won’t run the risk of becoming addicted and becoming enslaved to the drug,” said O’Neal.

“Heroin is the most addictive thing I’ve, that and Meth. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Lafferty.

O’Neal also said, Narcan is not a cure-all and an overdose usually requires multiple doses of the drug.

Even with Narcan, if the Heroin was cut with a poison, Narcan will not save you.

“None of these people woke up thinking ‘I’m going to die today’ but they did. You think it won’t happen to you, well they did too, but it did,” said Lafferty.