Earlier today, Jack Conway took his
campaign prescription drug abuse awareness program to Bourbon County High School.
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From his release about the event:
“These are some of the most addictive substances on the planet, and when taken in the wrong combination or with other substances, they can kill you,” General Conway said. “Prescription drug abuse is a problem that is shattering families in every corner of the Commonwealth and it is preventing Kentucky from being all that it can be.”
General Conway was joined today by Van Ingram, Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, and Mike Donta, an Ashland, Ky. resident whose son lost his battle with prescription drug abuse in 2010.
“The choice my son made to abuse prescription pills cost him his life,” said Donta. “His actions have devastated our family. He left behind two children who will grow up wondering why their father is not there. No family should have to endure this heartache.”
General Conway launched the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe statewide awareness initiative in 2010 in partnership with the Kentucky Justice Cabinet and its Office of Drug Control Policy, Kentucky Pharmacists Association, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), Operation UNITE and two mothers from Morehead, Ky., Dr. Karen Shay and Lynn Kissick who both lost daughters to prescription drug overdoses. Like Donta, Shay and Kissick travel with General Conway as part of Keep Kentucky Kids Safe.
To date, the program has alerted more than 15,000 students across the state to the dangers of abusing prescription pills.
Nice to alert kids. But we can’t help but smell another D.A.R.E. failure.
Here’s hoping at least one kid sees the light from all this.