Conway raises drug and cybersafety awareness at state fair

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Kentucky State Fair 2013

  Attorney General Jack Conway and his staff will raise awareness about prescription drug abuse and cybersafety at this year’s Kentucky State Fair, which runs from August 15 to August 25 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.

“Protecting Kentucky kids from Internet predators and raising awareness about the devastating consequences of prescription drug abuse continue to be top priorities of mine,” General Conway said. “These are issues that affect families in every corner of the Commonwealth. I hope you will stop by our booth in the South Wing to learn how you can protect your kids from pain pill addiction and the dangers that exist on the Internet.”

The Attorney General’s booth, located in the Kidz Biz section of the South Wing, will have information and free give-away items related to General Conway’s statewide Keep Kentucky Kids Safe prescription drug education and awareness program, as well as his Cybersafety initiative.

In 2010, General Conway launched the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe initiative with the Kentucky Justice Cabinet and its Office of Drug Control Policy, Kentucky Pharmacists Association, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), Operation UNITE and concerned parents. Since its launch, Attorney General Conway and his partners have alerted more than 20,000 students across Kentucky about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. 

“In a national survey, one in five teens admitted using prescription pills non-medically,” General Conway said. “Kids are putting their lives and futures at risk when they take prescription medications that are not prescribed to them by their doctor. We now lose more people to prescription overdoses than traffic accidents. Kentucky cannot afford to lose another generation to this scourge.”

General Conway and his staff also travel across the Commonwealth educating parents, students and teachers about the dangers that exist online. Since taking office, he has presented his Internet safety message to more than 52,000 Kentuckians, mostly children.

General Conway has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education and ConnectKentucky to create CybersafeKY. Through the partnership, the agencies are able to pool their resources to provide more Internet safety educational opportunities in Kentucky.

“Kids need to realize that the pictures and messages they post on social-networking sites today can affect their chances of getting into college or landing a good job,” General Conway said. “Always think before you post, and never arrange a private, in person meeting with someone that you have met online.”

In addition to his educational efforts, Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched nearly 350 child pornography investigations and seized more than 403,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The Unit’s investigative efforts have resulted in more than 114 child pornography convictions- a 100 percent conviction rate.

For more information about preventing prescription drug abuse or to learn about Cybersafety, please visit www.ag.ky.gov.