Louisville has been chosen for a federal pilot program aimed at attacking the city’s heroin and prescription opioid problem.
The program, led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, is called the “360 Strategy.” It takes a multi-faceted approach to the problem and will involve law enforcement, medical and public health organizations and service groups.
It will include the formation of a Heroin Investigation Team, made up of Louisville Metro Police detectives and DEA agents.
U.S. Attorney John Kuhn said the team will investigate overdoses as crime scenes. Dealers whose drugs cause overdoses will be prosecuted in federal court and could go to prison for 20 years to life without parole, he said.
“Today, we have a message for heroin dealers,” Kuhn said. “You are killing people in this city, and we cannot allow this to continue.”