This week, I had the opportunity to speak to a great group of young men at Trinity High School about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. This was the kick-off event for the 2013-2014 Keep Kentucky Kids Safe programs, an effort I am proud to be a part of each year. Since launching the program in 2010, we've taken our message to more than 20,000 middle and high school students across the Commonwealth. We are making a difference in this battle against prescription drug abuse. I would like to thank Trinity High School President Dr. Robert Mullen and Principal Dan Zoeller for allowing me to talk to their students, and I look forward to educating many more students and teachers this school year about the dangers of abusing these drugs. You can watch this week’s program at Trinity here.
On Monday, we will announce the details of two scholarships created to help students affected by prescription drug abuse. The toll that the scourge of prescription painkiller abuse has taken on Kentucky families is alarming, and I refuse to lose another generation to this addiction. This money will help two young people get a fresh start and a chance at completing their college education. Look for the scholarship applications to be posted on our website Monday morning.
Earlier this week, I joined representatives from The Housing Partnership, Inc. (HPI) and the Kentucky Housing Corporation to announce how funds my office secured from the historic national mortgage foreclosure settlement will help rehabilitate an apartment complex in Jefferson County. This was such a great event, and I’m proud that $600,000 from the settlement will be used to improve the neighborhood, while creating safe and affordable housing for 65 families.
Additionally, I will be making an announcement on Tuesday in Lexington regarding projects there that will be receiving funding through a settlement with a mortgage foreclosure servicing company. Our mission is to rehab or create affordable housing and to provide assistance to agencies that counsel or help those displaced due to foreclosure. I’m eager to recognize the various organizations that will benefit from this money. We will have more details on the announcement next week.
While in Lexington, I will also have the opportunity to speak at the Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon. I look forward to meeting with many of our community leaders and discussing my views on how to best move Kentucky forward.
Finally, I encourage you to join Elizabeth and me in taking a moment to remember the victims of the shooting at Washington Navy Yard earlier this week. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those men and women who died in the attack.