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The office of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Thursday he accepted the All Rise Leadership Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

The award was given to several members of Congress Tuesday and is handed out to lawmakers who exhibit a commitment to combating drug related crime and addiction through appropriate court programs.

“The Kentucky Drug Court program plays an integral role in our criminal justice system by combining treatment with law enforcement and rigorous court supervision,” McConnell said in a news release. “We know that the incarceration of drug offenders alone does not necessarily break the cycle of drug-related criminal activity and we must be responsive to the needs of local communities to effectively address this ongoing problem. I will continue to support comprehensive efforts to combat illegal drug use and drug-related crime and look for ways to protect our communities from the horrors wrought by drug abuse, and applaud the dedication of Kentucky’s drug court judges, prosecutors, and supervision professionals.” [click to continue…]

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Drug Czar Says Kasper Isn’t Enough to Fight Drug Abuse

by admin May 24, 2011

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky’s system for tracking prescription drug sales is “forward leaning” but it’s not enough to curb abuse. That’s according to U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske. Speaking to the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Kerlikowske said the system, known as KASPER, and similar initiatives in other states work well, […]

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Federal Money For Drug Rehabilitation, Prevention May Come To States

by Gabe Bullard February 22, 2011

Office of National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske is visiting Kentucky this week to tour various treatment centers and to talk with law enforcement officials. He says it’s likely the federal government will allocate more money toward the most effective strategies for fighting drugs.

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Drug Czar Weighs In On Meth, Prescription Drug Abuse In Kentucky

by Gabe Bullard February 22, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott has proposed cutting a program that would track prescription drugs in his state. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have asked Scott to reconsider.

Office of National Drug Control Policy director—or Drug Czar—Gil Kerlikowske says Florida needs to fight the prescription drug trade, since pills from that state are sold and abused in Kentucky and elsewhere.

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