Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher participates in the Champions for a Drug-Free Kentucky/KY-ASAP Statewide Conference

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 05, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Governor Fletcher discusses the substance abuse epidemic

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher took part today in “Celebrating the Common Wealth of Our Communities,” the 2005 Champions for a Drug Free Kentucky/KY-ASAP Joint Conference, presented by the Office of Drug Control Policy.   

Nearly 300 representatives of anti-drug groups from across the state are participating in the three-day conference. Mary Ann Solberg, the Deputy Director of The Office of National Drug Control Policy, is scheduled to address the participants Thursday, October 6, at 5:00 p.m. 

“We identified substance abuse as a public health epidemic early in our administration,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “We have followed through on our commitment by joining prevention, treatment, education and law enforcement in a united effort.  As we plan for the future, we know the success of our initiatives depends on the involvement and support of our communities.” 

“Our goal is to change the way substance abuse is handled in Kentucky and reduce the problem,” said Office of Drug Control Policy Executive Director Teresa Barton.  “We need to continue to work together to get drugs off the streets and prevent our youth from being involved.”  

The mission of Champions and KY-ASAP is to promote the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as the reduction of violence in Kentucky communities. 

The ODCP is the coordinator and clearinghouse for substance abuse programs and issues in Kentucky. Its mission is to serve as a leader and catalyst for improving the health and safety of all Kentuckians by promoting strategic approaches and collaboration to reduce drug use and related crime.