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In Ky. alone, 82 people die every month from drug overdoses;

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. – “Today, the state of Florida enacted a comprehensive bill that will help reduce the flow of illegal prescription drugs not just in their state, but also to surrounding states, including Kentucky.  This bill strengthens Florida’s prescription drug monitoring database, increases penalties for overprescribing narcotics, and requires new permitting processes for all pharmacies.  All these steps will not only help Florida attack the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, but will also help us save lives here in Kentucky.

I have personally spoken with Gov. Rick Scott to encourage him to intensify his state’s efforts to shut down these ‘pill mills’ because they are killing Kentuckians.  In our state alone, 82 people die every month from drug overdoses.  We have acted aggressively by ramping up law enforcement, enacting new policy initiatives and improving prescription drug monitoring efforts to stop the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse, but we must have cooperation from surrounding states.  Choking off the pill pipeline from Florida is a key element of our strategy.  Today’s action in Florida is good news for Kentucky, and I applaud their legislature’s efforts.”

Below are some examples of classified ads in Florida for pain clinics:


 

No fishing license required this weekend;


Fishing enthusiasts can test the waters for free this weekend as the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources sponsors the annual free fishing weekend. 

State residents and nonresidents can fish in any body of water Saturday and Sunday without a license.

The weekend is part of a program to get more people familiar with fishing in Kentucky.

Under state regulations, a fishing license is required for those 16 or older.

State employees have been preparing lakes for this coming weekend.

"We finished stocking 25 lakes with catfish on Monday and Tuesday," said Dane Balsman, a fishery biologist. "The channel catfish average about 13 to 16 inches, and we stocked about 24,000 fish across the state recently."

 

Adopt-a-Highway groups ready to ‘summer scrub’ roadsides



FRANKFORT, Ky. – Volunteers will be out in force next week to summer scrub Kentucky highways. The Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced today that Adopt-a-Highway Summer Scrub Week will be June 5-11.

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.

More than 900 groups participate in Kentucky's Adopt-a-Highway program, which was established in 1988. Volunteers clean approximately 6,800 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.

The Adopt-a-Highway program promotes public environmental awareness and supports tourism. The program also creates a partnership between citizens, community and government, and establishes a sense of pride in the Bluegrass State.

GET INVOLVED!

How can you contribute to the community, make a difference, send a message and educate others – all while having fun with friends and family? Join Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway Program.  By taking responsibility for an area roadway, you set an example in your community.

The environment is everyone’s responsibility. Adopt-a-Highway provides the opportunity to be a part of the solution. Each year, the KYTC spends about $5 million and 200,000 worker hours to remove 96,000 bags of highway litter. Adopt-a-Highway volunteers help save thousands of taxpayer dollars and demonstrate that a clean environment is a shared responsibility.

Any permanently established business, association, community or public organization, or government entity can adopt a stretch of highway. A wide range of groups throughout Kentucky now participate, including homemaker clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, high school organizations, service clubs, veterans, college fraternities and sororities, sports teams and church groups, among others.

Volunteers adopt two-mile sections of highway under a two-year, renewable contract with the Transportation Cabinet.

Adopt-a-Highway coordinators can explain the fundamentals of the program to volunteer groups, work with group members in locating an available highway, and keep them notified of news and upcoming events.

Litter pickups are held at least four times per year or as many times as necessary to keep adopted areas reasonably litter-free. The cabinet coordinates three annual clean-up efforts.

HOW DO I JOIN?

Groups interested in becoming members of the Adopt-a-Highway Program can find details and district coordinator information at http://adopt-a-highway.ky.gov/.  Safety guidelines are provided to volunteers and should be reviewed prior to each cleanup.

The Adopt-a-Highway coordinators help volunteers get in touch with the county maintenance crew superintendent to arrange warning sign placement on the date of pickup. Trash bags and safety vests can be obtained at each state maintenance facility, and litter removal is provided by the state highway crews.

For more information, visit our Web site at http://adopt-a-highway.ky.gov/.  For questions or comments, contact Miranda Thacker, 502-564-3419, or e-mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .