Friday at 11 pm: The not-so-harsh consequences for heroin users, dealers

Published: Nov. 10, 2016 at 7:17 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - We live in a place where heroin users can pick up dozens of free syringes at the government's needle exchange. Then they can swing by the grocery store to pick up some non-prescription Narcan in case someone overdoses.

While agencies and organizations are handing out the tools needed to use drugs, others providing the "boy" are ending up on the other side of the law.

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"These people are being told the government is going to help you, facilitate, give you the tools to use this drug," Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said. "But if you're caught distributing it, or using, then we're gonna give you harsh penalties. That's an absolutely horrid message to be sending."

So, what kind of punishments are being handed down to heroin traffickers in WAVE Country? What's being done to keep the drugs out of the hands of users?

WAVE 3 News Sunrise anchor and Troubleshooter John Boel follows the arrests and court cases of those on the front lines of Louisville's heroin epidemic. Watch WAVE 3 News at 11 p.m. on Friday to find out why many of those being arrested are right back to using and selling within days.

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