September 6

It's been a busy week in the Office of the Attorney General!

On Wednesday, we taped one of our "Faces of Prescription Drug Abuse" videos with Dan Orman, assistant superintendent for Oldham County Schools. In his position, Dan has witnessed the problems of substance abuse firsthand. As a matter of fact, during the 2008-2009 school year, district leaders faced an alarming trend — 98 drug and alcohol-related suspensions. That's when faculty, staff and school board members took a proactive approach to help create positive changes in their schools. For that reason, this past school year for Oldham County Schools marked the fourth consecutive year that the total number of drug and alcohol-related incidents at school and school-sponsored activities has dropped.

I encourage you to watch for Dan's message, which will be posted soon on our YouTube channel, to learn more about how his district has partnered with the Office of the Attorney General and what the district is doing to help address and prevent these problems among its students.

Our "Faces of Prescription Drug Abuse" series is the focus of my latest monthly column. According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll, one in three Kentuckians has a friend or family member who has experienced problems as a result of abusing pain killers. Prescription drug abuse is destroying families across the Commonwealth. Take a moment to read my column, and if you have a story about how your life has been affected by prescription drug abuse, please consider sharing it as a part of our online video series.

On Thursday afternoon, I briefed members of the media on the investigation involving former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. In April 2012, my office received an investigative referral after a completed audit of Farmer's tenure outlined a myriad of disturbing incidents. Our joint investigation with the FBI found that Farmer violated election campaign laws when he submitted more than $10,000 in false receipts for personal reimbursement to his 2008 re-election campaign account. The investigation also uncovered that his sister, a former employee of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, helped Farmer commit the crime.

As a result, my office filed notice in Franklin Circuit Court on Thursday of their intentions to plead guilty to violating Kentucky election finance laws. These charges are in addition to federal charges that Farmer faces. The actions of Farmer during his time as agriculture commissioner are disappointing, and it is an issue I take very seriously. I want Kentuckians to know that these types of crimes where tax dollars are wasted will not be tolerated.

Our monthly newsletter, which was just posted this week, highlights more of the great work my office accomplished in August. I hope you will take a look at it to learn more about our ongoing efforts to make Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family.

I'm looking forward to catching up with my radio friends across the Commonwealth on Monday morning at WLGC, WAIN, WBVR and WTTL. I'll be updating everyone on the latest news from my office, so if you're in those areas, be sure to tune in. Have a great weekend.