P'Pool calls for more police funding and pill prosecutions; explains for-profit college donations

08/23/2011 05:14 PM

Kentucky’s law enforcement needs more resources to combat the scourge of drug addiction and doctors flooding the state with pain pills must be more aggressively prosecuted, said Todd P’Pool, the Republican candidate for attorney general.

P’Pool said the single most important tool police need to combat the scourge of drugs is more money.

“They need additional funding. And they need to make sure they’re a priority in Kentucky,” P’Pool said after the 2:30 mark of the video.

P’Pool also addressed questions about fundraising efforts by leaders of Sullivan University — a for-profit college that is one of several being investigated by Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway. (That discussion starts around the 4:10 mark)

A former Sullivan employee told the Lexington Herald-Leader and Louisville Courier-Journal this month that college leaders urged employees to give money to P’Pool’s campaign.

P’Pool said he wouldn’t return the contributions even if he were to defeat the incumbent Conway and decide to continue the investigation.

“To suggest that somehow getting a contribution from the for-profit colleges is changing my principles or changing my message is absolutely absurd,” P’Pool said after the 6:30 mark.

Conway’s office has been looking into whether certain for-profit colleges unfairly target students with false advertising and claims about job placement rates. P’Pool said Conway “may be on a trail to nowhere.”

“Real prosecutors don’t go out and announce an investigation and let it languish for six months,” he said.

P’Pool said he would call for “prosecuting more doctors” who allow prescription pain pills to reach the black market.

“I think physicians that are putting these pills on the street, they’re hiding behind a prescription pad. I think it’s time we start prosecuting physicians who are taking advantage of the addicted,” P’Pool said in response to a question at the 4:50 mark of the second video segment.

P’Pool said he hoped drug manufacturers can make pseudoephedrine capsules that, when crushed, they lose their therapeutic value.

“I don’t think it’s a wait-and-see approach,” he said in response to a question at the 1:30 mark of the second interview segment. “You have to balance personal liberty and freedom in this country with law enforcement.”

P’Pool has advocated for faith-based approaches to treating drug addicts, such as the Teen Challenge Western Kentucky Men’s Center near Dixon, Ky.

“I want to look at a broader approach, statewide, to begin to change the culture of those who seek drugs. As attorney general, my policy initiative will be to engage the faith-based community around Kentucky,” he said at the 4:05 mark.

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