I was in Franklin Circuit Court again today in our continued effort to get National College to comply with a civil investigative subpoena we issued in December 2010. I appreciate the Court's careful consideration of this matter.
We have good news to report in our fight against prescription drug. The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy today released a report that shows, for the first time in a decade, overdose deaths declined in 2012.
Kentucky is also, for the first time, below the national average when it comes to prescription drug abuse, according to the most recent report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The implementation of House Bill 1 last year has helped us gain ground in our fight against prescription drug abuse in communities across the Commonwealth. There is no doubt in my mind that passage of this landmark legislation has helped save lives.
While this is welcome news, the 2012 Overdose Fatality Report also shows an alarming increase in heroin related deaths-up 550 percent from 2011. My Office is currently working with state lawmakers on legislation to try and stop this disturbing trend.
Earlier in the week, I was in Washington, D.C. to meet with Department of Energy (DOE) officials regarding the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. In a meeting with Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, I expressed my concerns that Kentucky is bearing the brunt of costs associated with new environmental policies curbing the use of coal. I also stressed that it is the federal government's responsibility to clean up an environmental mess here in the Commonwealth. I've asked Dep. Sec. Poneman to increase funding for cleanup at the site.
It's time for the United States government to stand by the people of Paducah and do what's right. For more information, please see our release.
I was pleased there was a quick resolution to a matter involving my Office and nationally syndicated columnist John Rosemond. Please see the press release.
As always, I enjoyed my visit with Bill Bryant to tape this week's episode of Kentucky Newsmakers. The program will air on WKYT. Bill and I talked about the latest news in the AG's office, the Senate Race, the next Governor's race, and Fancy Farm.
The warm welcome I received yesterday from members of the Berea Chamber of Commerce was greatly appreciated. I also enjoyed stopping by the FBI-LEEDA Identity Theft Training in Louisville to help welcome attendees.