Beshear launches opioid disposal pilot program with help from former governor, father

08/22/2017 02:18 PM

Attorney General Andy Beshear flanked by his wife, Britainy, his father and former Gov. Steve Beshear, as well as law enforcement and other officials launched a four-county opiate disposal pilot project on Tuesday.

The Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program, launched by Beshear is a statewide attempt to allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of opioid medications at home.

The program utilizes a drug deactivation pouch called Deterra, which allows Kentuckians to dispose of their unused prescription opioids in a safe and environmentally friendly manner with a little bit of water.

“We’re starting this program with a pilot project which will provide 50,000 drug deactivation pouches to four counties and to senior and faith based initiatives with a goal of destroying over 2 million opioids,” he said.

The program does not use state tax dollars to provide the pouches to the four counties, instead Beshear said the initiative is partially funded with settlement funds won by the Office of the Attorney General, and a partnership with the nonprofit 501©3 A Stronger Kentucky Inc., chaired by former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, for the remaining funding.

On Tuesday, Steve Beshear said he was chipping in $100,000 to help with the pilot project.

Beshear is sending all of the proceeds from his book, ‘People Over Politics’ to the nonprofit and his emptied the remainder of his inaugural account into A Stronger Kentucky Inc.

Attorney General Beshear said he chose the four counties – Floyd, Henderson, McCracken and Perry by first looking at rates of opiate prescription in the areas, and then seeing where their efforts could potentially block further access to opiates.

Beshear said he would be seeking additional funding from the General Assembly in the upcoming session, as well as seeking help from faith based partners.

“Our drug problem doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican — it will kill you just the same.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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