This week, Louisville hosted the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) for its annual Fall Policy Conference. I enjoyed being able to show the members around my hometown and give them a glimpse of the great corporations and cultural attractions Louisville has to offer.
During the conference, I also had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion about pursuing criminals in the digital age. This is an important issue that my office works tirelessly to help combat. Earlier this year, my Cybercrimes Unit celebrated its 5th anniversary. Since its creation, we’ve launched 341 child pornography investigations and seized more than 403,000 child porn images and videos from the Internet. I am proud to say that the unit’s investigative efforts have also resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate.
On Tuesday, we learned great news from the Food and Drug Administration. After being contacted by me and 42 of my colleagues, the FDA agreed to put warnings on long-acting and extended release opioid painkillers regarding the dangers of use during pregnancy. The statistics showing the number of babies being born addicted to prescription drugs are alarming. In Kentucky alone, instances of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) skyrocketed 2,500 percent from 2001 to 2011. We can help reverse this trend by educating patients about the dangers of these drugs.
Next week, I will be in Louisville for two very important presentations. Thanks to mortgage settlement funds my office was able to secure from the nation’s five largest banks, 65 apartment units in a section of Louisville will be renovated. I am proud that The Housing Partnership, Inc. will be able to use the money to invest and improve the neighborhood while creating safe and affordable housing.
On Monday afternoon, I will help kick-off a program that is very close to my heart. Our first Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program of the 2013-2014 school year will be held at Trinity High School. Nationally, prescription painkillers are the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. I have seen the effects these drugs can have on Kentucky families when abused, and I look forward to each school year when I can speak directly to our youth in hopes of putting an end to this problem. You can learn more about our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe efforts here.