On behalf of the Unified Prosecutorial system and law enforcement across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it was an honor to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center in downtown Louisville. This center at 5th and Kentucky Streets brings together under one roof all of the services children in crisis may need. That includes intervention services, law enforcement assistance, forensic interviews and counseling.
God bless Kosair Charities, Humana and all of the partners who had the vision, dedication and generosity to make this national model a reality in my hometown.
I am pleased to announce the conviction in U.S. District Court yesterday of the operator of two pill mills in Kentucky. William Singleton faces between five and 20 years in federal prison for illegally dispensing prescription drugs to thousands of patients. This conviction was a collaborative effort between my office and our state and federal law enforcement partners, and it shows that we are serious about trying to make a dent in the scourge of prescription painkillers in the Commonwealth. Singleton will be sentenced in October.
As a father of two young girls, I know how important early childhood education is. That's why it was an honor to join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yesterday as he announced the administration's plan to expand early childhood development in this year's budget cycle. We know that a child who can't read at age seven or eight is likely to become a dropout at 16. I applaud the administration's efforts to make high-quality preschool programs available to all lower and middle class families in America.
I truly hope this policy initiative becomes a reality.
Also this week, Urban Outfitters did the right thing and halted sales of its "Prescription Line" of products. These products, which included pint glasses, shot glasses and flasks made to look like prescription pill bottles, made light of an epidemic that kills thousands of people each month in the United States. Please see our press release.