October 11

Raising awareness and educating Kentuckians about the dangers of prescription drug abuse are, irrefutably, two responsibilities of mine that I have cared very deeply about while serving as the Attorney General of our Commonwealth. I have seen the effects this problem has on Kentucky families. I have spoken with students who have lost family members to overdose, and I've met with parents who've lost their own children as a result of it. That's why my office continues its campaign to fight back against this issue.

This week, I announced the start of our annual prescription drug prevention PSA contest for middle and high school students. The contest is a key component of our public awareness initiative to warn Kentucky kids about the consequences they face by taking pills not prescribed to them. As part of the competition, students produce a 30-second video showing the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and while the winners receive great prizes, my hope is that all participants take away a lasting message of knowing the devastating repercussions prescription drug abuse can have. I encourage all of our middle and high school students across the Commonwealth to get involved in this year's competition, and I'm eager to see all of the creative and informative videos that are submitted. You can learn more about the contest here.

On Wednesday, I truly appreciated the opportunity to join Governor and First Lady Beshear at a press conference held to proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Kentucky, one in three women is the victim of domestic violence at some point in her life, and every day in this country, three women are killed at the hands of their boyfriends or husbands. As the father of two daughters, this issue is incredibly close to my heart, and we need to ensure our families are kept safe from abuse.

During the upcoming legislative session, Rep. John Tilley and Rep. Joni Jenkins will propose important pieces of legislation that will fill a dangerous gap in domestic violence protections. I support both of these lawmakers for their efforts, and I look forward to seeing this legislation pass. No one is immune to dating violence and abuse, and we must continue fighting for stronger laws to protect the rights of victims.

On Thursday, we welcomed great news from my Office of Consumer Protection. Connecticut-based Affinion and its subsidiaries, Trilegiant and Webloyalty, will pay more than $30 million to 47 states, including Kentucky, and the District of Columbia to settle allegations that they misled consumers into signing up and paying for discount clubs and memberships.

The companies operate a number of these programs offering a variety of services such as credit monitoring, roadside assistance and discounted travel. Many Kentucky consumers have alleged that Affinion charged them for services without their knowledge, and once consumers learned they were being charged, some had trouble cancelling or getting a refund. Kentucky's share of the settlement is $160,000. If you think you were improperly charged by Affinion or its subsidiaries, call my office at 502-696-5300 or file a complaint at ag.ky.gov. We're always working hard to protect Kentucky consumers, and I'm pleased that we were able to stop these deceptive marketing practices. You can find more information about the settlement here.

On Monday morning, I'll be catching up with my radio friends across the Commonwealth at WAIN, WBVR and WKDZ. If you're in those areas, I hope you'll tune in.

I will also be back in the courtroom next week for a hearing against the for-profit school National College over the false, misleading information its representatives provided students. I'll be sure to keep you posted on what happens. Hope you have a great weekend.