Three Kentucky counties become High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas


Kentucky’s Clark, Logan, and Simpson counties recently were included in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.

The HIDTA program provides designated counties with coordination, equipment, technology, and other resources to combat drug production and trafficking. The program is operated under the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and only 15 counties nationwide received the designation this year.

Fatal overdoses in Kentucky dropped nearly 15 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year but had the country’s ninth-highest drug overdose death rate.

Clark, Logan, and Simpson counties have seen an influx of illicit methamphetamines, fentanyl, prescription drugs, cocaine, and heroin.

“As long as Kentucky families continue to be plagued by addiction and substance abuse, I’ll keep working to deliver the federal resources and support to keep our communities safe,” U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said. “Kentucky’s law enforcement officers know the great benefits that come with the HIDTA program, and I was proud to help Clark, Logan and Simpson Counties get these long-sought designations. As Senate Majority Leader, I’m putting Kentucky’s priorities first, and I’m proud of these potentially lifesaving results.”

Approximately half of Kentucky residents live in HIDTA counties.