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Campaign to stop prescription drug abuse continues in KY

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KENTUCKY (WFIE) -

The Kentucky Attorney General continues his campaign to stop prescription drug abuse. 

Jack Conway has been talking to students across the Commonwealth about the problem and there are now incentives for students wanting to get more involved.

Conway has been working on this initiative for quite some time. He created a prescription drug abuse task force in 2009 and launched an education campaign in 2010. 

Now, he has helped create two $1,500 scholarships for graduating high school students whose lives have been affected by prescription pain pills. 

He is also having a drug abuse prevention PSA contest where middle and high school students across the state produce a 30 second video showing the dangers of abusing these painkillers. 

Conway says he's doing these things because this is an important topic that hits close to home for many people.

"This scholarship program is great because when we first started our program called Keep Kentucky Kids Safe, we designed a program where we had two parents that were traveling with us a lot. Both of these parents lost their children to prescription pill overdoses. We're losing more people to prescription pill overdoses in this state than we're losing in car accidents," Conway said.

Conway also says he is pushing for revisions to heroin-related laws. He says heroin is starting to replace prescription pain pills as the Kentucky 'drug of choice.'

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