In January 2013, Turfway Park will launch a pilot drug and alcohol abuse program designed to assist Kentucky Horse Racing Commission licensees.
Funding for the program is being provided through the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund, which has allotted $5,000 for the pilot program that will run through March 28. The KyRHWF, which is funded through allocations from un-cashed pari-mutuel ticket sales, has set aside another $45,000 if it is expanded to other tracks after the pilot has been evaluated.
The treatment program was developed through the efforts of KHRC member Burr Travis, Don Ball, and Richard Riedel of KyRHWF, Chip Bach of Turfway Park, and the Awareness and Discovery Group of Northern Kentucky.
"We at the commission believe it is important to assist individuals licensed by the KHRC and currently struggling with substance abuse," Travis said in a statement. "The upcoming winter meet at Turfway Park presents an opportunity to implement this program and we are blessed to have the support of Turfway Park as well as the support and guidance of the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund."
Through this treatment program, individuals who believe they have substance abuse programs can seek treatment on their own. Additionally, track stewards may refer someone to the program in lieu of or as part of regulatory actions taken against that employee. Having the program on site will allow the participants to continue working while getting the treatment they need, according to a release.