Kentucky heightens its battle against prescription drug abuse by reminding Kentuckians about the dangers of prescription pills and the importance of monitoring, securing and safely disposing of unneeded prescription pills.
Attorney General Jack Conway is working together with his Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program partners — the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and the Lamar Outdoor Advertising — to put up prescription drug abuse awareness billboards across the Commonwealth.
“We are doing everything we can to warn Kentuckians about the deadly consequences of prescription drug abuse to ensure that we don’t lose another generation to this scourge,” General Conway said. “I appreciate the assistance we have received from Lamar, NADDI and our other partners as we launch this new awareness effort across the Commonwealth.”
According to Forbes Magazine, Kentucky is the fourth most medicated state in the country. Last year, medical professionals had prescribed 219 million doses of hydrocodone to Kentuckians which equates to 50 doses for every man, woman and child in the Commonwealth. What is even more troublesome is that Kentucky has more people dying from prescription drugs overdoses than traffic accidents.
Mike Gibson, Sales Manager for Lamar Lexington, said the billboards will be displayed “in more than a dozen cities across Kentucky immediately.”
Aside from his public awareness initiatives, Attorney General Conway is also joining Governor Beshear, House Speaker Stumbo and other lawmakers to win passage of landmark legislation to prevent the abuse and diversion of prescription pills in the Commonwealth.