Rogers Secures $23 Million to Fight Drugs

WASHINGTON, DC.—U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that $23.43 million has been approved, at his request, for various drug-fighting tools in the federal budget. The money will prove beneficial for southern and eastern Kentucky as part of a sweeping anti-drug campaign focused on law enforcement, treatment and education. Funding measures have passed the House Appropriations Committee and will be considered by the full House of Representatives this month.

Anti-drug initiatives slated for funding are a national student drug testing program, a prescription drug monitoring grant program, Operation UNITE and substance abuse centers across the region.

“We’re going full throttle and won’t let up until the job is done,” said Rogers. “The sad reality is that the drug war is not over, and it’s going to take money to fight this scourge. These investments will show dealers that crime doesn’t pay, while helping addicts recover and become productive citizens again.”

The following programs received approval from the House Appropriations Committee last week:

National Student Drug Testing: $11.7 million

• This Department of Education program is being utilized in school districts throughout the country, including eight Southern and Eastern Kentucky jurisdictions.

Prescription Drug Monitoring: $7.5 million

• The “Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program” allows states that are either looking to create a monitoring program, or upgrade their current system, to apply for federal money to supplement state funding.

Operation UNITE: $3.1 million

• The comprehensive counter-drug initiative is working with local, state and federal officials to combat drug abuse in southern and eastern Kentucky.


Methamphetamines Tracking: $580,000

• Using a device called “Meth Check,” ingredients used to make methamphetamines are tracked electronically and submitted to Kentucky law enforcement on a real-time basis.

Regional Drug Abuse Treatment Centers: $550,000

• Treatment centers in Clay, Pike and Wayne counties will expand operations to help recovering addicts.

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  • by anonymous Location: frankfort on Jan 24, 2008 at 01:22 PM
    Can anyone explain to me how the state can use federal counter drug money to pay for over 800 aircraft hours(at over 500 dollars an hour), pilot over time and fuel to look for marijuana, in aircraft that was given to them thru the federal "DRMO"(look it up)program. If I am not mistaken, that as well as equipment bought (GPS's, parts etc) is against the law!! No wonder the corruption in Frankort is so bad. Ask the aircraft management director Mr. Shannon how he can make so much money on a program that is specifically designed for "NON PROFIT"
  • by Keith Location: Pikeville on Jul 19, 2007 at 10:27 PM
    The War on Drugs is destroying this country. The "cure" is much worse than the disease.
  • by Michelle Location: Corbin on Jul 19, 2007 at 12:51 PM
    To anonymous, UNITE in theory is a very good program. I know what happens when you call the tip line. They notify the person you called about and tell them that someone reported them, place some bogus charges and allow the drug dealer to plead guilty to a lesser charge. Then turn that person into a confidential informant to try to get the "bigger fish", so basically our tax dollars are being spent so someone that was busted for selling drugs can go out, roam free, and make UNITE think they are ratting people out. They tell just enough to keep them out of jail and then continue to sell and make their money. These are the facts, because I know one individual that does that. She just "graduated" from drug court! HA! HA! Such a joke.
  • by nemo on Jul 19, 2007 at 06:48 AM
    We've had a drug war in this country, not since Nixon's days, but since Woodrow Wilson's. 93 years, folks. And the stuff keeps coming in cheaper, stronger and more of it. Remember alcohol Prohibition? How well did that work? Not too well, as it's long gone. Think drug prohibition has fared any better after the hundreds of billions of taxpayer's dollars wasted to try make it work? The only people who benefit from it are the lawyers, cops, judges, fed agents, etc. on one side and the dealers on the other. Just another welfare scheme...this time, for both of those groups. Take the money from the dealers - like we did with ending alcohol Prohibition - by putting that crap up for sale in special stores and be done with it. Enough, already!
  • by Ken Location: Texas on Jul 19, 2007 at 06:23 AM
    Why use Federal dollars? The fifth should use their own money to propagate a drug war that causes more harm than the drugs.
  • by Anonymous Location: Middlesboro on Jul 18, 2007 at 11:19 AM
    I commend Hal Rogers for his efforts. At least someone is fighting for our area and not taking money to be quite. Pawn shops, car lots, small town markets and online prescription filling needs to be included as hubs to watch though. These seem to go unoticed in our communities!
  • by jon Location: pikeville on Jul 18, 2007 at 10:56 AM
    I agree with the spending part. But if we dont keep fighting the drug problem, it will destroy out country..
  • by cutter Location: South of East KY on Jul 18, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    We should drug test welfare recipients. They wouldn't have time to make and sell drugs if they HAD TO FIND A JOB !
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:40 AM
    Here's to UNITE, one of the best things that ever happened to Eastern Kentucky. They deserve the all the money and help they can get.
  • by Anonymous Location: Eastern KY on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:08 AM
    Hal doesn't represent the Fifth...just selected areas. UNITE is a joke.
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