Anderson County Takes Stand Against Drugs in Community Forum

Coroner Dr Mark TusseySheriff Joe MilamCounty Attorney Bobbi Jo LewisAttorney General Andy Beshear

Anderson County once again took the next step towards ending the growing and severe drug abuse epidemic that is affecting the county deeply.  County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis organized a community drug education forum last night at the Anderson County High School Theater where a number of state and local representatives talked about drug use, its affects, and how to spot them.

“I want to make sure that people have accurate information,” Lewis said while describing what the forum will cover.  Many local officials were in attendance, including Mayor Goodlett, Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell, State Representative James Tipton, and many more.  Members of drug prevention and recovery groups were also present including ACHS SOS, HEROES, PAL, and the ASK Foundation.

In opening the forum, Lewis said that the community is ready to do something about the problem as it affects everyone, no matter their social status. “Ladies and gentlemen, the drug problem here knows no social, economic, gender specific, age disparity, and no racial boundaries,” she said.

One of the first speakers of the forum was Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.  “The drug epidemic is hitting all of us,” he said. “What we are seeing now is that virtually every crime that is committed is being committed in people’s pursuit for drugs.”  He continued, “We now have more people dying from drug overdoses than car accidents.”

Despite the staggering statistics, he was hopeful for change.  He wants to highlight recovery and treatment in the next budget cycle for the state to make sure different treatment options are available.  He also wants to increase education on the drug problem as stronger and more dangerous drugs continue to become more popular.

A number of others spoke after the attorney general, including members of local law enforcement, health and emergency services, community members, and social workers.  Detective Jeremy Cornish from the Lawrenceburg Police Department showcased many different drugs and how they look.  He showed what to look for in paraphernalia and signs that abuse may be happening.

Anderson County Sheriff Joe Milam continued saying he wants to bring all county and city resources to work together on the problem. “We’re going to bring all of these resources to bear on this thing,” he said while stating that he wants to form a community response team to help with the effort.

Together, the forum brought more education and hope to help stop the epidemic. Anderson County Coroner Dr Mark Tussey, summed up what happens when addiction runs its course.  “With addiction, there is basically three destinations: incarceration, recovery, or death,” he said.

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