Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces 2015 "Keep Kentucky Kids Safe" PSA Contest Winners

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 30, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the winners of the 2015 Keep Kentucky Kids Safe public service announcement (PSA) contest.  The annual competition for 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 Franklin-Simpson High School students Ben Byrum and Zach Tant. The students will receive $250 per student in Amazon gift cards, compliments of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). You can view the winning PSA https://youtu.be/vI9K1enZuOk.

Finishing second is a video submission produced by a group of students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington.  The students include Rest Aliu, Praise Aliu, Tatyonna Williams, Lori Martinez, Riley Brown, and Haley Hall.  The team wins  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 online https://youtu.be/o2OM1rxdDrs.

To see a photo of the winners, please visit: https://goo.gl/xpfpul

To see a photo of the runner up team, please visit: https://goo.gl/cZSK1f

“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.”

The winning PSAs are posted on the Attorney General’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.