FRANKFORT, KY (12/18/12) – Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the winners of the 2012 Keep Kentucky Kids Safe public service announcement (PSA) contest. The annual competition for middle and high school students is part of General Conway's statewide prescription drug abuse awareness and prevention initiative.
This year's winning PSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbZL75z3iOo was submitted by members of Clark County High School's ASAP Youth Network. The students include 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. The winners will receive an Apple iPad, or cash equivalent, compliments of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI).
The runner-up is "Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0dWCeKiqBY, produced by Nick Croyle and Casey Nolan, students at St. Henry District High School in Erlanger, Ky. They will receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card donated by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA). Both NADDI and KPhA are partners in the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program.
"I want to congratulate this year's winners and thank all of the students who participated in our PSA contest," General Conway said. "In addition to educating other teens, these videos will help alert all Kentuckians to the heavy toll that prescription drug abuse is taking on families in every corner of the Commonwealth."
Receiving honorable mentions in this year's Keep Kentucky Kids Safe PSA Contest are:
"My Life, My Story, Drugfree" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8YtA8FkiNY produced by Bailey Walker, Yvonne Johnson, Tifany Raque, Lydia Kesewetter, Hannay Held, Savannah Walker and Kaitlin Raque of South Oldham High School. All are members of the Youth Step Up Group.
"Mayfield High School Prescription Drug PSA" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxFKSAIwjIc submitted by students Gabye Arnett, Mayra Arellano and Halbeydi Oronia.
The winning PSAs and honorable mentions are posted on the Attorney General's website at www.ag.ky.gov. The winning video will also be included with anti-drug PSAs the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy distributes to television stations across Kentucky.
In addition to his public awareness efforts, Attorney General Conway worked closely with 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.
Since its implementation on July 20, 2012, 10 pain clinics have shut their doors, 35 physicians have been disciplined for prescribing violations and for the first time in a decade fewer controlled substances, like hydrocodone and oxycodone, are being prescribed in the Commonwealth.
General Conway also continues to work closely with local law enforcement through the statewide Prescription Drug Diversion Task Force he launched in 2009 to crack down on overprescribing physicians, those trafficking in prescription pills and pill mills. The task force has been involved in more than 130 prescription drug diversion investigations, including Operation Flamingo Road, the state's largest prescription drug bust that resulted in the arrests of more than 500 people.
For more information on General Conway's drug diversion efforts or the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program, please visit http://ag.ky.gov/rxabuse
Information provided by the Office of Attorney General
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