Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Participates in the Champions/KY-ASAP Annual Conference

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Stacy Floden

Governor addresses Kentucky’s commitment to preventing drug abuse

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Fletcher delivered remarks today on the opening day of the “Power of One,” 2006 Champions for a Drug Free Kentucky/KY-ASAP annual conference, presented by the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP). The Governor recognized the Kentucky Youth Empowerment System Award recipient from Perry County, Commodores Against Substance Abuse and the ODCP Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Lt. Colonel Danny Fenwick. 

“Champions Coalitions and the KY-ASAP board members play an important role in teaching our communities and youth about the dangers of substance abuse,” said Governor Fletcher.  “I know that communities are at the heart of any successes we will have in the area of substance abuse, your efforts contribute to a future of promise and hope for all.”

“We must stand with our families to help them raise healthy, responsible children. And when it comes to helping children make right choices, there is work for all of us to do,” said Laurie Dudgeon, executive director of the ODCP. “One of the worst decisions our children can make is to gamble their lives and futures on drugs. ODCP is helping Kentuckians confront this problem with aggressive prevention-education, treatment and law enforcement.”

Nearly 200 representatives of anti-drug groups from across the state will participate in the conference. Derek Peterson, a Child/Youth Advocate for the Institute for Community and Adolescent Resilience, will deliver the keynote address at the conference.  He has delivered over 1,700 workshops throughout the world.  The presentations bring a message of hope to youth, families, communities and schools.

Former Governor Martha Layne Collins, who established Champions Coalitions in Kentucky 20 years ago, will also speak at the conference, which runs today through Friday, October 27.