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Taylor Co. Board of Education receives $100K grant for Drug Prevention Program

Campbellsville, KY - Taylor County Board of Education was presented with a $100,000 grant award in the Rotunda at the state Capitol on April 27, 2023, from Attorney General Daniel Cameron and the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission.

Taylor County's proposal to create a district wide drug prevention program was one of 24 awardees selected in the Capitol presentation, and the only school. "Our district had already been brainstorming a community coalition approach to better protect students from a variety of negative influences. When this grant opportunity opened, we knew the funding could make our vision a reality; we swung for the fences," said Suzanne Grubesic, District Grant Writer. "Our program, Protect TC!, aims to stop drug use before it begins by addressing the deeper systemic issues (mental health, lack of education, poverty) that make our students and rural community most vulnerable".

According to the Center for Disease Control, Kentucky as the 4th highest death rate due to drug overdose in the nation. Taylor County's drug overdose death rate is higher than any bordering county, with the exception of Casey County.

"Education is critical in breaking this cycle and public school systems are a logical place to invest in immersive prevention. Ultimately, we envision a whole community effort, and already have several letters of partnership. We have to do everything we can to educate and equip children with the skills to avoid the destruction of drug use."

The Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission was formed to manage Kentucky's $478 million dollar share of the $26 billion dollar multi-state settlement with pharmaceutical companies, for their role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic. 50% of Kentucky's share in the settlement was automatically allocated to local city and county governments. The remaining 50% was allocated to the Commonwealth. In November of 2022, the commission handling funds opened an online portal for competitive grant proposals from organizations and individuals dedicated to combating the opioid epidemic.

This story was posted on 2023-04-28 08:27:50
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TCBE presented with grant for Drug Prevention program

2023-04-28 - Frankfort, KY - Photo from Suzanne Grubesic.
Taylor County Board of Education was presented with a $100,000 grant award in the Rotunda at the state Capitol on April 27, 2023, to create a district wide drug prevention program.

Pictured left to right: Taylor County Vice Principal Mark Kearney; Kentucky Opioid Abatement Commission Executive Director Bryan Hubbard; KY Attorney General Daniel Cameron; Taylor County Drug Prevention Program Director Bruce Crouch; KY State Representative Daniel Bentley

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