Local/Regional News
5:10 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Conference To Showcase Different Faces Of Drug Abuse

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A statewide coalition of drug prevention agencies is holding its annual conference in Lexington this week.  Different Faces of Substance Abuse brings together numerous stakeholders to address problems associated with the misuse and over-use of prescription drugs, according to event coordinator Jeanne Davis with the University of Kentucky.

"What we find is if we can work as a team, work as a collaboration, as a family if you will, that we can address the issue of substance abuse at a much better and higher level than if we try to do something on our own", Davis told WUKY.

Lynsey Sugarman, with the Lexington Mayor's Alliance, says among the topics for discussion are the state’s prescription monitoring program known as KASPER, and possible changes to the so-called “Pill Mill Bill” Governor Beshear signed into law last year.

“There’s a wide range of people.  We’ve got prevention people, treatment people, law enforcement, community activists…It’s a way for everybody to come together to deal with this drug problem and work together for their community.”

Keynote speakers include Shannon Weatherly of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, and State Attorney General Jack Conway.  Additional information is available at facesofdrugabuse.net.