Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway & Partners Announce Winners of Statewide Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse PSA Contest

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 14, 2011  
Revision Date:  Wednesday, December 14, 2011 
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and his partners today announced the winners of their prescription drug abuse prevention public service announcement (PSA) competition. The annual PSA contest for high school students is part of General Conway's statewide Keep Kentucky Kids Safe initiative to alert Kentucky kids and their parents to the devastating consequences of abusing prescription pills.

This year's winning PSA was submitted by Joey Kenny, Jason Banta, Carlie Seligman, Jesse Mann and Micah Lineman of Henry County High School in New Castle, Ky. The winners will receive an Apple iPad generously donated by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). The second place winner, Ryan Froehling of Villa Madonna Academy in Villa Hills, Ky., will receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card donated by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association. Both NADDI and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association are partners in the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program. Honorable mentions include Kaitlin Williams of Harrison County High, Austin Youngblood of Ryle High School and Brooke Eliot of Villa Madonna Academy.

"These videos not only serve as an important educational tool for other Kentucky teens, they are a vivid reminder to all Kentuckians of the heavy toll that prescription drug abuse is taking on families in every corner of the Commonwealth," General Conway said. "I appreciate all of the students who participated in our PSA contest and who share our concern about prescription drug abuse."

The winning PSAs and honorable mentions will be posted on the Attorney General's website. The winning video will also be included with anti-drug PSAs the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy distributes to television stations across Kentucky.

Keep Kentucky Kids Safe

In September 2010, Attorney General Conway joined with the Kentucky Justice Cabinet and its Office of Drug Control Policy, Kentucky Pharmacists Association, NADDI, Operation UNITE and concerned parents Dr. Karen Shay and Lynn Kissick to launch a statewide prescription drug abuse education and prevention initiative.

In one year, The Keep Kentucky Kids Safe partners have alerted more than 7,000 middle and high school students in 14 Kentucky counties to the dangers of prescription drug abuse. They are also reminding parents about the importance of securing and monitoring prescription medications in the home and safely disposing of unneeded pills through prescription drug take-back events held across the state.

In addition to his education and awareness efforts, General Conway launched Kentucky's first and only statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force in August of 2009. 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 arrest of more than 500 people.

For more information on the prescription drug abuse education initiative or to see the winning PSAs, please visit http://ag.ky.gov/rxabuse.