Office of Drug Control Policy
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and Office of Drug Control Policy Award Nearly $600,000 to Fight Drugs in Western Kentucky Counties

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

FRANKFORT, KY:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and ODCP awarded $586,737 in grant money to two drug courts, one jail treatment center and five Champions coalitions today.   The grant money will be used for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

“Getting drugs out of our communities is one of the top priorities of Governor Fletcher’s administration.  Kentucky is not going to incarcerate its way out of the drug problem,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “It will take a balance of prevention, treatment and enforcement programs.”

“It isn’t enough to just be tough on crime; we also need to be smart on crime”, says Office of Drug Control Policy Executive Director, Teresa Barton. “If we invest resources while they are incarcerated in helping them prepare to reenter society – providing job training and treatment for substance abuse, for example – we make our communities safer by reducing the chance that ex-prisoners will return to a life of crime.”

Henderson County received $274,700 for its Drug Court.  Webster County was awarded $199,500 for Drug Court.  Daviess County received $50,000 for the Jail Treatment program.  Champions Coalitions in Webster, Hancock, Daviess, Ohio and McLean were awarded over $62,500.

The eight awards distributed today totaled $586,737 and were presented to agencies in six counties.  The ODCP is the coordinator and clearinghouse for substance abuse programs and issues in Kentucky.  Our 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.