February 21

We had a great crowd attend a question and answer session held earlier this week for organizations interested in learning more about KY Kids Recovery. KY Kids Recovery is a juvenile substance abuse treatment grant program that was created after my office settled cases against two pharmaceutical companies for $32 million. Existing providers, new providers, community partnerships and non-profits are eligible to apply for the grants, and it was wonderful to see so many people attend Tuesday's Q & A session. Addiction is destroying families across our Commonwealth, and the strong turnout at the event truly signifies the need for expanded treatment options in Kentucky. The deadline to submit a grant proposal is now just one month away. The Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee, which I chair, will review the submissions and invite the best responses to submit a second formal proposal. You can view additional information about the grant program and download the KY Kids Recovery Request for Information here.

Next week, I'll be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) annual Winter Meeting. I will be joining attorneys general from across the country to discuss a variety of issues that are important to our communities, including consumer financial protection and cybersafety. Additionally, as co-chair of the NAAG Substance Abuse Committee, serving alongside Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, I'm looking forward to sharing information with attendees about how my office is working to fight substance abuse in Kentucky.

Educating our kids about the dangers of abusing drugs, particularly prescription painkillers, is an initiative that I continue to make a top priority. Next Thursday, I'll be in Mercer County speaking to the students at King Middle School as part of our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program. We're losing more people to overdoses than traffic accidents in Kentucky, and we must focus on treatment and education if we're going to stop this disturbing trend. Since 2010, my Keep Kentucky Kids Safe partners and I have shared our drug abuse prevention message with approximately 40,000 students, teachers and parents, and I appreciate Principal Gordon allowing us the opportunity to visit with his students next week. Be sure to check out our Facebook page and YouTube channel for pictures and videos from the event.