Attorney General Jack Conway’s annual Keep Kentucky Kids Safe Public Service Announcement contest is now underway.
General Conway launched the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe statewide awareness initiative in 2010 in partnership with the Kentucky Justice Cabinet and its Office of Drug Control Policy, Kentucky Pharmacists Association, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators just to name a few.
To date, the program has reached over 15,000 students across the state to the dangers of prescription drug abuse, which is considered to be the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
In 2011, doctors in Kentucky prescribed over 219 million doses of the hydrocodone, one of the drugs most commonly found in overdose victims.
Kentucky’s overdose death rate is the sixth-highest in the nation with more than 1,000 fatal overdoses a year.
Kentucky middle and high school students have until December 7th to submit their entries for the annual contest.
Students are asked to create a 30-second video PSA on the consequences of prescription drug abuse.