Since 2010, I have traveled to more than three dozen middle and high schools across the Commonwealth alerting students to the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. I am proud that to date, our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe message has reached more than 30,000 students, teachers and parents statewide. We are doing everything we can in the Office of the Attorney General to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse, and I strongly believe this initiative is paying dividends in the lives our children.
On Tuesday, we’ll be taking our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program to Knott County Central High School in eastern Kentucky. I’m looking forward to speaking with the students there, helping educate them about the consequences of misusing prescription drugs. Additionally, I always appreciate the support of our school leaders who allow us to come and share information on this important issue. Nationally, prescription painkillers are the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and health reports list Kentucky as having one of the highest rates of fatal overdoses in the country. I want you to know that I will continue working diligently to fight this problem, making Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family. If you haven’t seen our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program, I encourage you to check it out on our YouTube Channel. You can also subscribe to the channel to stay updated with all of the videos we produce.
During my trip to eastern Kentucky, I’ll also be speaking with members of the media in Hazard. I’m looking forward to making stops at the Hazard Herald and WYMT, where I’ll sit down for a taping of "Issues and Answers." I am excited for the opportunity to update everyone in the eastern part of the state on the latest news from my office, including information on our ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and tips consumers can use to protect themselves from scams claiming to be associated with Kentucky’s rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Next Wednesday, I’ll be a guest speaker at the annual KACo Conference in Louisville, proudly talking with many state and local leaders about the great work that continues in the Office of the Attorney General.