Friday, October 11, 2013

Middle- and high-school students invited to create 30-second videos discouraging prescription drug abuse, win prizes in contest

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Keep Kentucky Safe partners invite Kentucky middle- and high-school students to compete in the annual Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Public Service Announcement contest.

Contestants create a PSA to warn Kentucky kids about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. "I want our young people to know that it is never okay to take a prescription pill that was not prescribed to them by their doctor,"  Conway said in a press release.  "These are some of the most addictive substances on the planet, and if taken in the wrong combination, or with other substances, they can kill you."

Participating students should produce a 30-second video showing the perils of prescription drug abuse and submit it by Dec. 6.  Winners will be announced Dec. 13. The first place winner will receive an Apple iPad, donated by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, and the runner-up will receive a $100 gift card donated by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association.

Other partners in the contest are the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, Operation UNITE and concerned parents, Dr. Karen Shay and Mike Donta.

Instructions for submission can be found here.  Examples of  winning videos can be found by clicking here for the 2012 winning video and here for the 2012 second place video.

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