Dear editor,

Since January, I have participated in a class entitled Kentucky Studies at Western Hills High School. Throughout the course of this class we have learned about things such as coal, horses, politics and racism in Kentucky.

One topic specifically stuck out to me and made me realize how big of an issue that it is in Kentucky. This is drug abuse.

While researching drug abuse in Kentucky I found that out of all the states in the U.S. we are second when it comes to drug abuse. Out of 50 states we are second. This is way out of control.

With Kentucky's suffering drug problem, it takes away from what is so great about Kentucky. With our bourbon, horses and agriculture we have what it takes to make us an amazing state! But drugs are taking that reputation away from us.

I am writing this letter to demand that we change something about what drugs are doing to Kentucky. I also encourage other people to want to do something to fix this issue. If everyone just sits around and hopes that the government and law enforcement has it in control, then we are getting nowhere. We need to come together as a community and end this drug outburst for good.

Drugs are especially bad in schools, so I think we need to primarily focus on the school community and see what we can get the students to participate in — for example, starting a group that any students can join and go out and make a difference. If we get our students to protest against drugs, it will decrease the number of them who could become involved in drugs.

Our state won't change if we, as a community, don't come together and come up with a plan. People in each city should start talking more and more about drugs in schools and start cracking down on rules. I want people to open their eyes to the failing society in Kentucky because of the impact of drugs.

Allie Abrams

Frankfort

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