Attorney General Andy Beshear addresses proposed budget cuts and opioids

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Attorney General Andy Beshear stopped in at the National Corvette Museum on Tuesday, where he discussed various topics with 13 News, including why he believes the proposed budget cuts governor Matt Bevin is proposing are illegal.

"The announcement last Friday of 17.4% cuts are not in its current plan legal, because what they've done, they've tried to institute budget cuts before there is an official shortfall, Kentucky Law doesn't allow that," said Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Beshear was in Bowling Green attending the Kentucky Sheriff's Association Convention.

Law enforcement is overwhelmed with the opioid epidemic, and Beshear said he is addressing the issue with his new Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program.

"For the first time a family could safely dispose of them at home with a deactivation pouch in one minute, fully deactivates the drug, entirely safe for the environment. So we've launched a pilot program with 50,000 deactivation pouches, we could deactivate 2.24 million opioids."

Beshear says the program has been a success so far and he sees it as a step to reduce or even reverse the rate of opioid addiction.

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