House Speaker Stumbo to key public forum on drug addiction

Staff Report

PRESTONSBURG – Following a report this summer showing Floyd County led the state last year in the per capita number of drug-overdose deaths, House Speaker Greg Stumbo is gathering state and local leaders in Prestonsburg on Friday morning to discuss solutions. The public and community partners are invited to attend.

“Over the past decade or so, the General Assembly has passed a series of significant laws designed to curb illegal drug abuse, and this work has had a positive impact in countless ways,” said House Speaker Stumbo of Prestonsburg. “However, this past summer’s report by the Office of Drug Control Policy highlights the fact that a lot remains to be done, especially here in the mountains. I’m hoping the ideas generated by this forum will serve as the foundation for what we do next. Our families are counting on it.”

Those invited to join Speaker Stumbo include:

State Rep. Denny Butler, a retired law enforcement officer from Jefferson County who chairs the oversight committee formed to monitor implementation of this year’s heroin legislation;

Van Ingram, the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy;

Law enforcement and court officials from Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence and Martin counties, as well as Operation Unite;

School superintendents from the region;

Mental health and drug treatment professionals who are front-line providers in the region;

Department of Corrections personnel directing the Division of Substance Abuse and the state’s pilot SMART program;

Community Action and other recovery service providers.

The forum will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9th, in the Cherokee Room at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and is scheduled to last until 1:30 p.m., at which time those scheduled to speak will be available to the media.

The topics to be covered include an update on the progress of this year’s law targeting heroin abuse and the challenges and opportunities facing local schools, law enforcement and healthcare organizations

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