Office of Drug Control Policy
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and Office of Drug Control Policy Award Over $219,000 to Fight Drugs in Northern Kentucky Counties

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 29, 2005  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

FRANKFORT, KY:   Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and ODCP awarded $219,707 in grant money to two drug task forces, two jail treatment centers and two 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, education and enforcement programs.”

“The organizations being funded today have proven track records of success,” said Van Ingram, Branch Manager for ODCP.  “We hope these dollars will assist the drug task forces and jail treatment centers in fulfilling their commitment to their communities.”

Kenton County’s jail treatment program received $67,766, while Mason County’s jail treatment program was awarded $59,640.  The Northern Kentucky Drug Task Force, which includes Kenton, Boone, Grant and Campbell Counties received $31,734.  The Buffalo Trace/Gateway Narcotics Task Force, which includes Mason, Bracken, Robertson, Fleming, Rowan, Bath, Montgomery and Menifee Counties were awarded $30,331.
Champion coalitions in Grant and Pendleton Counties were awarded over $30,000.

The six awards distributed today totaled $219,707 and were presented to agencies in 13 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.