Office of Drug Control Policy
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and Office of Drug Control Policy Award Over $350,000 to Fight Drugs in Eastern Kentucky Counties

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 26, 2005  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

FRANKFORT, KY:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and ODCP awarded $362,098 in grant money to the Boyd County drug court, Carter County drug task force and eight Champions coalitions today.   The grant money will be used for law enforcement, substance abuse prevention, education and treatment programs.

“The idea that we can incarcerate our way out of the substance abuse problem must be laid to rest,” says Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “Governor Fletcher and I realize we must end the revolving door cycle in our state, where we are releasing offenders from prison, only to have them go back out and re-offend because they are still drug addicts.  The plan to focus instead on treatment and education is long overdue.”

“Drugs are a statewide problem; it doesn’t stop at city and county lines,” says Office of Drug Control Policy Executive Director Teresa Barton.  “We need to continue to work together to get rid of this problem that is ruining the lives of so many people in our state.”

Boyd County received $180,300 for its Drug Court.  Carter County was awarded $53,309 for the Drug Task Force.  Champions Coalitions in Rowan, Morgan, Montgomery, Menifee, Lawrence, Carter/Elliott, Boyd/Greenup and Bath Counties received $128,489.
 The National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) and the National Prevention Network (NPN) announced earlier this month the Boyd/Greenup Champions for a Drug Free Kentucky has been selected as an “Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Program” winner.  The coalition will receive its award at the NPN Conference in New York City on Tuesday, August 30th.

The ten awards distributed today totaled $362,098 and were presented to agencies in ten 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.