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Program aims to stop kids from becoming prescription drug addicts

Attorney General Jack Conway says one in five high school students in Kentucky abuse prescription pills. The Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program is the Attorney General's campaign to lower that number.

"I'm going around the state and if I can use a little bit of my office to get into these high schools to tell kids, 'look this is a problem. Don't go down this path,' then perhaps we can make a difference," said Attorney General Conway.

One of the partners of the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program, Mike Donta, talked to students today. He talked about his son who died from prescription drug abuse.

"If you get involved in drugs, it's going to affect you. It's going to hurt you the rest of your life. It's also going to affect your friends. It's going to affect your family," Donta said.

Students were asked to tell their parents, teachers, counselors or trusted adults if they or anyone they know are addicted.

"If you get hooked, and you start abusing prescription pills, you're going to either one of two places. You're going to the jail or you're going to the grave," said Attorney General Conway.

"If we save one child, it's worth everything that we do," Donta said.

Attorney General Conway says his efforts and state legislation have reduced prescriptions for Oxycontin, Hydrocodone and Opana drastically during the last year. He also said this has led to the closing of 20 pain clinics in Kentucky.

Attorney General Conway says more people die from prescription drug overdoses in Kentucky than from car accidents.

The Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program was also presented at Mullins Elementary and Middle School in Pikeville today.


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