Sergeant Michael B. Webbb Public Affairs Branch
KSP Unveils Mobile Substance Abuse Exhibit
Date of News Release: 06/01/2006
The 40-foot trailer features a mock methamphetamine lab and marijuana grow, a video presentation of actual methamphetamine users, before-and-after images of actual drug users and a video loop of drug messages.
Lt. Governor Steve Pence, who also serves as secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, attended today's introduction of the Substance Abuse Information Center (SAIC) and said he hopes schools and event planners will take advantage of the unit.
"While any legislation that helps deter any type of drug abuse is a positive thing, education is still a crucial aspect of mitigating the drug problem," said Pence. "Schools, from junior high and up, are the primary audience, but the exhibit will be used at fairs and other events statewide."
Nearly a year ago, a state law went into effect that restricted access to cold and allergy tablets with pseudoephedrine - a key ingredient used in making methamphetamine.
Teresa Barton, director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, said the trailer would provide an excellent vehicle for initiating conversations about drugs among young people and adults.
"Many adults are uncomfortable talking to children about drugs and other harmful behaviors," said Barton. "As the images in these exhibits show, drug abuse is present here in Kentucky and cannot be ignored."
Seventh-grade students from Second Street School in Frankfort who toured the trailer this afternoon said they found it interesting and "scary."
"I'm not ever going to use drugs," said Evan Wright, as he emerged from the trailer. "They showed a young girl who was really pretty and then just a few years after using meth she looked terrible, like an old woman. It's scary."
Deputy Commissioner Ricky Stiltner said the trailer represents a unique opportunity to capture the attention of the public with its dramatic visuals.
"This innovative exhibit is designed to raise awareness on many levels - addiction, detection, recognition, treatment and, we hope, prevention," said Stiltner. "The images people will see here are not pretty, because the reality is that there is nothing pretty about drug abuse."
The Substance Abuse Information Center was funded by a $50,000 federal Community-Oriented Policing grant. Partnering with KSP in the project were Holly Hopper, coordinator of the Kentucky Alliance for Drug Endangered Children; Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy; Drug Enforcement Administration; American Dental Association; Partnership for a Drug-Free America; Multnomah County (Oregon) Sheriff's Office; Publisher's Group LLC; Max Margolis, Oregon Partnership; Kentucky Substance Abuse Prevention, Mental Health & Mental Retardation Services; and Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force.
The displays were designed by KSP Maj. Michael Sapp, Special Enforcement Troop commander; KSP Sgt. Phil Crumpton, state D.A.R.E. coordinator; and Mary Ann Scott, KSP Commissioner's Office. The exhibits were produced and assembled by DCX Displays in Louisville.
Contact the KSP Public Affairs office at (502) 782-1780 for information on how to schedule the Substance Abuse Information Center for an event.