Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway to Educate Kentuckians about Prescription Drug Abuse and Cybersafety at 2011 State Fair
Attorney General Jack Conway and his staff will be educating Kentuckians about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and how to stay safe online at this year's Kentucky State Fair, which runs from August 18 to August 28 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center.
"Prescription drug abuse and Cybersafety are two issues that are very close to my heart," General Conway said. "I hope families will stop by our booth for important Cybersafety tips and to learn how they can protect their children from the scourge of prescription drug abuse."
The Attorney General's booth, located in the law enforcement section of the South Wing, will have information and free give-away items related to General Conway's statewide "Keep Kentucky Kids Safe" prescription drug abuse educational initiative, as well as his Cybersafety initiatives. General Conway has spoken to nearly 5,000 middle and high school students about the devastating consequences of abusing prescription drugs since he launched the initiative last fall.
"This is a matter of life and death," General Conway said. "That's why I have been traveling across Kentucky to educate kids on the dangers of taking prescription pills that are not prescribed to them. The few minutes of fun kids get from taking a prescription pill puts their lives at risk and can lead to a lifetime of heartache for their families."
Additionally, General Conway and his staff have traveled across the state and talked with more than 40,000 students, parents and teachers about the dangers that exist online. General Conway often reminds students that what they post on the Internet today can have consequences well into the future.
"Kids need to realize that the messages and pictures they post on social networking sites today can affect their chances of getting into a good college, finding a job or even impact their relationships with friends and family," General Conway said. "Remember to always think before you post."
In addition to his educational efforts, Attorney General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit has launched more than 230 child pornography investigations and seized nearly 300,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. His Cybercrimes Unit is also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).
For more information about preventing prescription drug abuse or to learn about Cybersafety, please visit www.ag.ky.gov.