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NKY Hates Heroin 5K

Independence, Ky (Joe Webb) -- Runners and walkers could pick up their shirts and numbers for the 5k at Tri-State Running in Edgewood Friday.

It was busy. Heroin has touched Northern Kentucky and Northern Kentucky hates heroin has touched a nerve.

Kim Norton said, "We were told to expect 300 if we were lucky.  First time having a 5k there's usually a slow response.  We're up to 1200 already, so we're all very surprised."

Kim has never run a 5k. In fact she's never been to one. But she lost a loved one to heroin. Sadly, that's what's drawing the crowd to her race. The first person we met at registration had two family members in active addiction, two in rehab and has been to two overdose funerals since last fall.

April McKinney said, "I remember in high school that was something you saw on TV.  That was not something that I knew about or that anybody that I knew knew about."

Volunteers were busy Friday unloading cases of donated water, apples and bananas. They hope to raise up to $30,000 for treatment centers, naloxone kits, and information packets for doctors' offices and hospitals. That's something that wasn't there when Holly Specht took her son Nicholas to the hospital. He died of an overdose last August.

Holly said, "So when a mom or dad walks into the E.R. with a loved one they can walk out maybe having some information on what the next step is."
  
The race starts and finishes at Simon Kenton high school in Independence. A memorial service for heroin victims will be held at 8 Saturday morning. The race starts at 8:30.

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