He says it could make Kentucky a national role model in the war on drugs now that he is the leader of a national committee.
The U.S. Attorney General asked the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Amul Thapar, to chair the National Controlled Substance Committee and Thapar is excited about promoting the region.
It's the success of communities and law enforcement agencies, battling the drug epidemic that Thapar says has eyes, including those of the U.S. Attorney General, turned toward Kentucky.
"We function as an effective team here in Kentucky. It's something we can hopefully use as a platform to promote not only what's being done here, but maybe take it to the next level nationwide," Thapar said.
Thapar says he hopes to help do that as the new chairperson of the National Controlled Substance Committee, one of 12 advisors to the top U.S. Attorney.
"Now the visibility will be turned up on us as a result of this," Thapar says.
One thing Thapar says he'd like to see happen, is Operation UNITE to go statewide.
"I think there's a final component to the law enforcement, treatment and education and that's responsibility, citizen responsibility for their children, for their friends, for their colleagues. People taking it in their own hands and helping each other out," Thapar said.
As part of the responsibility of a U.S. Attorney, Thapar has hired a public relations director to help make the office more available to small, rural communities in the district. He says they're committed to routing out criminal activity for good.
"The one commitment I'll make to every citizen of Kentucky is we will be there both in perception and in reality," he said.
Thapar says he plans to do informational radio and television segments for the office, along with newspaper inserts and public meetings to be more involved with smaller communities.