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Attorney general named co-chair of national Substance Abuse Committee

Andy Beshear
Andy Beshear

Part of National Association of Attorneys General

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 13, 2016) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has been named co-chair of the Substance Abuse Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General. Beshear will co-chair the committee with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. His term as co-chair begins July 1.

The committee works with law enforcement, prosecutors and community leaders to combat one of the nation’s most serious challenges — its drug epidemic.

“Make no mistake, Kentucky’s drug epidemic is the biggest issue facing our state, families and communities,” Beshear said. “Chairing this national committee will not only help me in our battle against substance abuse here in the commonwealth, but also help to dry up out-of-state pill pipelines and work on national strategies.”

In the recently passed state budget, lawmakers appropriated funds recovered from the AG’s Purdue Pharma case to 15 different recovery facilities and drug treatment centers recommended by the attorney general that provide a variety of services throughout the commonwealth.

To date, Beshear has presented nearly $4 million in funding to seven of these organizations — Independence House in Corbin; KVC Kentucky in Hazard; Kentucky River Community Care in Jackson; Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in Covington; Hope in the Mountains in Prestonsburg; Ramey-Estep in Ashland; and Recovery Kentucky in Henderson.