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Carpenter: People don't realize the devastation of drug epidemic

02.02.19 02:05 PM – Andy McDonald
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Kentucky Senator Jared Carpenter (R-34) participated in a panel discussion last week in Madison County regarding the devastating impact of the drug epidemic.
Kentucky Senator Jared Carpenter (R-34) made a couple of observations about the recent drug epidemic while addressing a recent seminar hosted by the Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) Madison County. The event took place on Wednesday at the Madison County Extension Center. One observation was as a legislator and the other was as a parent.

Carpenter, who’s been serving in the senate for nearly a decade, said state government’s focus was initially to address the prescription drug addiction epidemic. But that had unintended consequences.

“I tell people that we made it a lot more complicated for people to use prescription medication, but unfortunately, the alternative may be worse, because now the “pharmacists” are in the basement of somebody’s house making the product that people are using now,” said Carpenter, who was referring to methamphetamine.
Carpenter went on to say that it’s very difficult to convey to people how profoundly the drug epidemic is impacting and destroying lives, and the fact that it can strike anybody, no matter their circumstances. That fact gives him pause as a parent, Carpenter said.

“I’ve got a 13-year old son and an eight-year old daughter, and this is what scares me the most,” Carpenter said. “They’re great kids, they’ve got a great family, and they’ve got a good support system – everything they need to be successful in life. But if they cross paths with the wrong person on the wrong day, it could change their lives forever.”

Carpenter vowed to work with officials and volunteers to find ways to craft legislation that will aid in early intervention to keep kids off of drugs, but also to find ways to make it easier for those afflicted to get treatment for addiction.

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