January 3

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season. I am energized as we begin a new year of great work in the Office of the Attorney General, and I am so proud of what we have accomplished since I took office six years ago. My staff spent the past several months preparing our 2013 Biennial Report, which was delivered to Governor Beshear and members of the General Assembly earlier this week. The report, which can be found here, showcases the hard work and dedication from all us in the Office of the Attorney General as we strive to serve the citizens of this great Commonwealth to the best of our abilities.

During this biennium, we continued our investigation into the questionable business practices of some of Kentucky's for-profit colleges, filing lawsuits against Daymar, National and Spencerian colleges. My Cybercrimes Unit seized more than 122,000 child porn images and videos from the Internet, and investigators from my Drug Investigations Branch targeted a myriad of unethical physicians who have diverted pharmaceutical drugs to the illicit market. Additionally, my office's Medicaid Fraud Unit successfully litigated and returned the Purdue Pharma case to Pike County, the epicenter of the prescription pill epidemic in the Commonwealth, and the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen named the Medicaid Fraud Unit one of the most aggressive in the country.

Creating two scholarships for students who have been affected by prescription drug abuse is also one of our many accomplishments from 2013, and the deadline to apply is quickly approaching. The scholarships are in memory of 19-year-old Sarah Shay and 24-year-old Michael Donta. Shay, of Morehead, Ky., died of a prescription drug overdose in 2006. Donta, of Ashland, Ky., lost his battle with prescription painkiller abuse in 2010. Sarah's mother and Michael's father now travel with me across Kentucky to help warn middle and high school students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse through our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program. The scholarships, which are $1500 each, will help two seniors get a fresh start and a chance at completing their college education. Students should submit their scholarship applications to the Office of the Attorney General by January 15. You can learn additional details about the scholarships here

Next week, we'll being taking our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe message to Scott County Ninth Grade School for our first program of 2014. So far, we reached more than 30,000 students, teachers and parents with the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program since we began this initiative in late 2010, and I'm looking forward to visiting many more schools across Kentucky this year.