Office of the Attorney General
AG Conway Announces 2014 Keep Kentucky Kids Safe PSA Contest Winners

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2014  
Contact Information:  Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the winners of the 2014 Keep Kentucky Kids Safe public service announcement (PSA) contest.  The annual competition for middle and high school students is part of Attorney General Conway’s statewide prescription drug abuse awareness and prevention initiative.

This year’s winning PSA was submitted by a group of students from Atherton High School in Jefferson County.  The students include Briana Anderson, Marilyn Collazo, Raina Hughes, Sydney Handley, and Talitha Edwards.  Louisville Metro Police Officer Chet Overberg, who serves as the school resource officer at Atherton High, is also featured in the video.  The students will receive an Apple iPad, or cash equivalent, compliments of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. You can view the winning PSA at http://youtu.be/AYVFZF6xefU.

Finishing second is a video submission produced by a group of television production students from Calloway County High School.  The students include Bobbi Brashear, Chasity Ross, Halee Bergman, and Kaci Paschall.  They will receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card donated by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association.  The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and Kentucky Pharmacists Association are both valued partners in Attorney General Conway’s Keep Kentucky Kids Safe initiative.  The second-place PSA is available at http://youtu.be/tqwyxF2aOUQ.  Last year’s first- and second-place PSAs were also submitted by television production students from Calloway County High School.

“I want to congratulate this year’s winners and thank all of the students who participated in our PSA contest,” Attorney General Conway said. “These students share our concern about a problem that is devastating families across Kentucky. Curbing the cycle of addiction in our Commonwealth is an issue I am passionate about, and I appreciate the support of our school leaders who encourage their students to participate in our PSA contest each year and help share our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe message.  By educating our kids about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs, we can help stop drug abuse before it starts and save future generations from the crippling effects of addiction.”

Receiving an honorable mention in this year’s Keep Kentucky Kids Safe PSA contest are Kayla Hudson and Sophia Brunner from Atherton High School.  You can view their PSA at http://youtu.be/8d73i4SE8DA.

This year, nearly two dozen PSAs were submitted by students from Mark Tudor’s health class at Atherton High School.  Mr. Tudor used the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe PSA contest as an opportunity to educate his students about the health risks associated with prescription drug abuse.

“Since prescription drug abuse is devastating our Commonwealth, the students wanted to bring awareness not only to our community, but to our state as well,” Mr. Tudor said.  “There were so many students interested in creating a PSA that I decided to do it as a class project.  Each of the students did a great job researching information about the prescription drug abuse epidemic and translating it into a video PSA.”

The winning PSAs and honorable mention are posted on the Attorney General Conway’s website at ag.ky.gov/rxabuse. The first-place video will also be included with anti-drug PSAs that the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy distributes to television stations across Kentucky.

Keep Kentucky Kids Safe
In 2010, Attorney General Conway launched the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe initiative with the Kentucky Justice Cabinet and its Office of Drug Control Policy, Kentucky Pharmacists Association, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Operation UNITE and concerned parents. Nationally, prescription painkillers are the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Since the launch of Keep Kentucky Kids Safe, Attorney General Conway and his partners have educated more than 45,000 students, parents and teachers about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. 

As part of the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program, students are encouraged to participate in the annual statewide video PSA contest on the risks of prescription drug abuse. Additionally, high school seniors whose lives have been affected by prescription drug abuse can now apply for the Sarah Shay and Michael Donta Memorial Scholarships for Hope and Healing. The scholarships were created last year to help Kentucky students who have excelled in their personal and academic lives despite seeing firsthand the devastating consequences of prescription drug abuse.  Information about the scholarship program is available at ag.ky.gov/rxabuse.

Pictures of the winners can be downloaded at www.flickr.com/photos/kyoag.

You can follow Attorney General Conway on Twitter @kyoag, visit the Attorney General’s Facebook page or view videos on our YouTube channel.