Interview with Ebert Haegele, January 24, 2019

Project: Painkiller: An Oral History of the Opioid Epidemic

Interview Summary

Ebert Haegele talks about growing up in Covington, KY, his background in criminal law, and his experience starting a career as a narcotics prosecutor at the peak of the opioid epidemic in 2010. He discusses the rise of heroin in cities like Louisville, KY, after pill mills were shut down and prescription opioids became harder to find. He also talks about how prosecutors work with law enforcement and to track down major drug suppliers. Additionally, Haegele discusses the shift in the legal system toward less punishment for people with addiction issues, and increasing punishment for drug dealers, a trend he sees as continuing.

At the time of this interview, Ebert Haegele was The Division Chief of the Narotics Unit in the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Interview Accession

2019oh0052_pain0028

Interviewee Name

Ebert Haegele

Interviewer Name

Nadia Ramlagan

Interview Date

2019-01-24

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Haegele, Ebert Interview by Nadia Ramlagan. 24 Jan. 2019. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Haegele, E. (2019, January 24). Interview by N. Ramlagan. Painkiller: An Oral History of the Opioid Epidemic. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Haegele, Ebert, interview by Nadia Ramlagan. January 24, 2019, Painkiller: An Oral History of the Opioid Epidemic, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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