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.