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Jefferson County Attorney Rails Against "Plague" of Heroin

Jefferson County's top attorney is fighting back against the heroin epidemic.

County Attorney Mike O'Connell, who lost his son Matt to an overdose in 2014, called the drug a "plague on this country" in an impassioned address to the Kentucky International Overdose Awareness Rally.

He told those at the rally that was scheduled prior to Tuesday night's mass overdoses that those who distribute the drugs treat it like a business and they need to be shut down.

Attorney General Andy Beshear says the state has been able to use money from the OxyContin settlement to fund treatment, something he calls justice.

Beshear says the state's drug problem is the largest obstacle in drawing new jobs to the state.

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