Office of Drug Control Policy

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 30, 2006  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

 FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s Office of Drug Control Policy partnered with a number of local, state and federal agencies today to generate awareness about the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals, families and communities.  As part of National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, Scott Burns, Deputy Director for State and Local Affairs in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy spoke about the nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease the demand of meth.

 "Methamphetamine devastates families and communities like no other drug.  Fortunately, we are making important progress against this deadly poison, with significant decreases in the number of meth labs seized and the number of people testing positive for meth in workplace drug tests,” said Scott Burns, deputy director of ONDCP.  “National Methamphetamine Awareness Day provides an opportunity to thank the prevention, treatment, and law enforcement professionals who are making a difference in states like Kentucky, and should serve as a catalyst for all Americans to get involved in the effort to further reduce methamphetamine use."

The day featured students from Bate Middle School in Danville performing a theatrical production addressing the dangers of meth use, production, sale and its role in creating a destructive drug culture in communities and its schools and Eddie Todd, a recovering meth addict, spoke about his struggle with meth and how he overcame the addiction.

 "The methamphetamine challenge has touched communities across the Commonwealth differently, but its devastating consequences are endured by all Kentuckians. By helping to educate our citizens about the misery and destruction meth causes, we can continue to work on solving the problem,” said Governor Fletcher. “Together with our federal, state and local partners, we are aggressively pushing back against the drug and are working to make Kentucky a safer place."

 "As all Kentuckians know, we have a problem with methamphetamine abuse throughout the Commonwealth.  These drugs are destroying not only our children's bodies and minds, but also families and communities,” stated Senator Robert Stivers.  “If we can persuade parents and community leaders to take a stand against this drug, we can ensure meth will not become the next drug of choice.”

 “While there is little doubt that Kentucky’s proactive anti-meth education efforts have proven successful, we know we must continue to be ever vigilant in preventing the growing influence of meth from gaining a greater hold on our communities,” said Laurie Dudgeon, executive director of ODCP.  “It’s essential to remember that the real victims of meth are people, children, neighbors and the community at-large.”

 During the press conference, Senator Stivers discussed proposed legislation involving methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Amul Thapar made brief remarks and Holly Hopper, the Founder and Chair of the Kentucky Alliance for Drug Endangered Children talked about the effects methamphetamine has on children.

The Kentucky State Police drug abuse education trailer was also on site.  The Substance Abuse Information Center features a mock methamphetamine lab and marijuana grow, a video presentation of actual meth users, before and after images of actual drug users and a video loop of drug messages.