It’s been a busy week in the Office of the Attorney General! On Thursday, I had the wonderful opportunity to tour Chrysalis House, a facility in Lexington, Ky. that provides substance abuse treatment for pregnant women. Chrysalis House is receiving $600,000 over two years from settlements I secured from two pharmaceutical companies. You can read more about the settlements here. This money is allowing the facility to continue operating and providing treatment to 200 women and children each year. I am so proud of the women who are seeking treatment at Chrysalis House and working hard to break the cycle of addiction.
The settlement funds are being administered by the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee, which Gov. Steve Beshear created by executive order. As chair of the committee, I was honored to brief members of the Recovery Kentucky Task Force this week about the money and how it will continue to help expand access to substance abuse treatment throughout Kentucky.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, and protecting yourself from identity thieves is the focus of my latest monthly column. Thieves are able to find your information in your trash, your mailbox, and on the Internet, where they will use phony email schemes or data security breaches to steal your identity. The latter recently happened to shoppers at several U.S. retailers including Target, Neiman Marcus, and Michaels.
In fact, consumers across the country learned that, during the peak of the holiday shopping season last year, hackers carried out one of the biggest retail cyberattacks in history on Target. Roughly 40 million credit and debit card records were stolen, and the personal information of 70 million Target shoppers was compromised. Fortunately, Target has taken steps to alleviate the concerns of customers and provide some peace of mind. You can learn more about the retailer’s efforts, as well as the tips that my Office of Consumer Protection and I have put together to help keep you safe from identity thieves, in my column here.
I also had the chance to share this important consumer information with radio listeners in the Lexington area this week. It was great catching up with Lee Cruse on WVLK, and I appreciate him having me on his show. On Monday, I’ll be discussing the recent news from my office with WKDZ in Cadiz and WAIN in Columbia.
On Thursday, I had a nice visit with members of this year’s Leadership Northern Kentucky class. Among the many topics, we discussed the legislation I’m supporting to help fight the resurgence of heroin. I also enjoyed speaking with county judges from across the Commonwealth at the Kentucky County Judge Executives Association Winter Conference and sharing my vision of how we can work together to move our state forward.
Next week, my office will be unveiling a newly designed website and PSA campaign created to benefit the Child Victims’ Trust Fund, which provides funding to regional and statewide child sexual abuse prevention programs. Look for more details on both of these great initiatives in the coming days.