Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher awards $500,000 to Eastern Kentucky schools

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 20, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker

Stacy Floden

Grant money for substance abuse program “Too Good For Drugs”  

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Office of Drug Control Policy, in conjunction with the Kentucky School Boards Association and Kentucky Center for School Safety, today awarded $500,000 in grant money to Eastern Kentucky Schools. The grant will be used to implement the evidence-based substance abuse curriculum, “Too Good for Drugs.” 

Focusing on fifth-grade elementary students in Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Perry, Pike and Whitely Counties, this pilot project will provide prevention education to more than 2,800 students in 48 schools.  The substance abuse program is 10 weeks long and will begin in January. 

“There is no question that substance abuse is a problem among our students,” said Governor Fletcher.  “That is why we are effectively addressing the problem, and we’re putting substance abuse programs in our schools. Keeping our young Kentuckians from using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs is worthy of the efforts of everyone involved.” 

“We must engage our children in drug prevention and education programs like ‘Too Good for Drugs,’ which will produce the all important result of steering them away from using drugs,” said Teresa Barton, executive director of the Office of Drug Control Policy.  “These are our young people who should be spending their time playing sports, studying, preparing for their futures and just being kids, not potentially ruining their lives with drugs.” 

“In order to start solving a problem, you must acknowledge it first,” ” said Jon Akers, director of the Kentucky Center for Safe Schools. “Kentucky’s drug situation is a problem that continues to get worse, especially in middle schools. As educators, it is our responsibility to provide a safe school environment and help students work through these problems.” 

“Too Good for Drugs” is a universal, school-based prevention program designed to reduce the intention to use alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs. The program focuses on five skills to increase children’s sense of control:  responsibility, self-sufficiency goal settings, decision-making, bonding with others, identifying and managing emotions and communications effectively. 

To ensure accountability and effectiveness of this substance abuse program, R.E.A.C.H. of Louisville has been awarded the contract to collect and evaluate the data which will be reported back to ODCP.

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