(Florence KY) The National Institute on Drug Abuse says more than 4 million American children over the age of 11 have tried heroin at least once and 23% of them become heroin addicts.  Heroin use has affected most all school systems in the tri-state in one tragic way or another.  Part of the reason is because heroin has become cheaper and easier to obtain than marijuana. 

Boone County is “Taking A Stand” on illegal drug abuse specifically the heroin epidemic in this region.  Two Town Hall meetings are being held for parents and middle school students this week.  The first one is Wednesday May 14th at 7 p.m. at First Church of Christ in Burlington and the second one is Thursday May 15th at 7 p.m. at Conner High School in Hebron.  The public is invited to attend.  See the attached flyer for details.

City of Florence Coordinator Rick Lunnemann is the spokesperson for the Town Hall meetings.  You will have an opportunity to meet parents of young people making a recovery from heroin addiction and parents who have lost children to heroin overdose.