Since the late 1990s, the problem of methamphetamine abuse has been placing new strains on public health and law enforcement systems in Kentucky, across the nation, and worldwide. Earlier this month, KET presented a live call-in program examining where the issue stands in Kentucky, including the steps being taken to eliminate meth production and help those addicted to it. This second Meth in Kentucky program followed up on a call-in we produced in February.
For the second Meth in Kentucky call-in, host Bill Goodman was joined by these expert panelists:
- Karyn Hascal, deputy executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
- Kenneth Hemphill, program director of chemical dependency services at Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System
- Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain, a past president of the Kentucky Sheriffs Association
- Cheyenne Albro, director of the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force and vice president of the Kentucky Narcotics Officers Association
Volunteers from the Methamphetamine Research Work Group at the University of Kentucky and the Drug Endangered Child Training Network took viewers’ calls.
Meth in Kentucky is a KET production, produced by Deidre Clark, in conjunction with Leadership Kentucky and its Health Leadership Institute. It was funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
KET’s first Meth in Kentucky call-in, produced live on February 20, is available for online viewing. It features questions and answers with these guests:
- Major Mike Sapp, commander, Special Enforcement Troop, Kentucky State Police
- Teresa Barton, executive director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
- Dick Lovell, Ph.D., chief of substance abuse operations, Four Rivers Behavioral Health in Western Kentucky
- Holly Hopper, coordinator of substance abuse issues with the University of Kentucky Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and chair of the Kentucky Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
The program was produced in partnership with the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, Four Rivers Behavioral Health, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the University of Kentucky Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the Kentucky Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.
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