- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Federal prosecutors and the Lexington Police Department are teaming up to combat the increase of heroin overdose cases in Fayette County.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/2dEsfEu ) the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Lexington police are developing a new plan designed to get overdose survivors into treatment and put more drug dealers in jail.

Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard said the department has doubled the number of officers in the narcotics unit and said two officers have been assigned to investigate overdose cases fulltime. All of Lexington’s officers will be trained by the U.S. Department of Justice on how to investigate an overdose.

Since Jan. 1, 80 people have died from drug overdoses related to heroin or fentanyl in Fayette County. In 2011, only five people died from heroin-related overdoses.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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