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2012 ODCP-KYASAP Annual Report
||Attorney General Conway 2012 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention PSA Contest
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Keep Kentucky Kids Safe partners announced the start of their annual prescription drug abuse prevention public service announcement (PSA) contest for Kentucky's middle and high school students. The competition is part of General Conway's statewide public awareness and education initiative on the dangers of prescription pill addiction.
Attorney General Conway's video PSA competition is held in partnership with the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), Operation UNITE and concerend parents, Dr. Karen Shay and Lynn Kissick.
2012 prescription drug abuse PSA contest winners:
1st Place: http://youtu.be/QbZL75z3iOo
by Haley Tye, Nick Bailey, Blake Cartwright, Brooks Harrison, Emily Houston, Abby Houston, Allyson Ledford, Anna Omohundro, Jacob Omohundro, Matthew Omohundro, Ali Peterson, Chanda Scobee and Chelsea Scobee of Clark County High School’s ASAP Youth Network
2nd Place: http://youtu.be/x0dWCeKiqBY
by Nick Croyle and Casey Nolan of St. Henry District High School in Erlanger, Ky
• http://youtu.be/z8YtA8FkiNYby Bailey Walker, Yvonne Johnson, Tifany Raque, Lydia Kesewetter, Hannay Held, Savannah Walker and Kaitlin Raque of South Oldham High School
• http://youtu.be/oxFKSAIwjIcby Gabye Arnett, Mayra Arellano and Halbeydi Oronia of Mayfield High School
Congratulations to our winners, and a heartfelt thank you to all who participated.
||The Kentucky Faces of Prescription Drug Abuse
Keep Kentucky Kids Safe: Stop Rx Abuse Before It Starts
Prescription drug abuse is shattering families in every corner of the Commonwealth. Lynn Kissick and Dr. Karen Shay, both of Morehead, have seen firsthand its devastating toll. Their daughters, Sara Shay and Savannah Kissick, childhood friends, both died of prescription drug overdoses. Lynn and Karen are now working with Attorney General Conway to alert parents to this deadly problem.
The Office of the Attorney General has produced a short film about Sarah and Savannah. You may view it on their YouTube channel, or via the clip below:
||Additional Media Coverage
Probing Prescription Drug Abuse
Kentucky's prescription-drug abuse epidemic is a sad tale of broken lives and shattered communities: more crime, more children in foster care, and soaring numbers of accidental overdoses and deaths. Health Three60 talks with three officials on the front lines about this crisis and features personal stories from recovering addicts.
Kentucky is the third most medicated states in the country and the drugs of choice in the Bluegrass State are prescription pain pills. Schedule 2 narcotics, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are highly addictive, but record amounts of the drugs are being consumed.
From the streets of the cities to suburban homes, the number of deaths and addiction in Kentucky is skyrocketing.
The statistics outlined in a presentation from the Director of Kentucky’s Drug Control Policy Office, are staggering -- nearly 1,000 deaths from drug overdoses; more than 5,000 overdose patients arriving at hospitals.
Van Ingram, Executive Director of the KY Office of Drug Control Policy , said the stats prove pain pills are killing more people than heroin and crack cocaine combined.
Ingram said it’s clear that Kentucky is dealing with an epidemic.
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