Law Enforcement Rx Academy

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"They're not going and meeting a drug dealer and getting their pills.  They're getting them from your cabinets at home," said Sgt. Roby.

Law enforcement officers from all over state gathered today at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. Four Kentucky drug abuse prevention centers joined to help educate officers on prescription drug abuse, a battle the centers and law enforcement share.

"Although we speak different languages, we're really working towards the same things because in the end, if you reduce substance abuse across populations, you're going to reduce violent crimes," said Communicare Regional Prevention Center Deborah Wolfe.

Over the next two days, they will learn more about the prescription drugs, two house bills aimed at drug abuse prevention, and KASPER, a system used to track prescription drug use.

"Kentucky law enforcement uses to investigate any kind of suspicious fraud cases or anything involving prescription drugs. Somebody doctor shopping for instance... going to different doctors and getting the same prescription," said Owensboro Police Department Sgt. Jeff Roby.

Sergeant Roby says KASPER can only be utilized by police to track the prescription of controlled substances during open investigations.
And the issue of prescription drugs falling into younger hands was also addressed.

"They're not going and meeting a drug dealer and getting their pills. They're getting them from your cabinets at home.' said Sgt. Roby.

"So we're exploring different ways we might be able to educate parents and other adults on how the drugs can be safely stored inside the medicine cabinet. Things could include locking caps or locking the cabinets," said Tucson, AZ police Department Lt. Mike Pryor.

Lt. Pryor says the first step in prevention is awareness.

"The abuse of prescription pain killers as well as prescription anti-anxiety drugs is enormous, and it's causing almost 1500 ER overdose visits a year right here in the state of Kentucky," said Lt. Pryor.

That's a statistic they hope to change following today's academy. The Kentucky Law Enforcement Prescription Academy will continue tomorrow as law enforcement learns more about their role in legislation aimed at prevent drug abuse.

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