One life at a time…
Voices of the Epidemic:
StoryCorps conversations about addiction & recovery
- A mother talking about her son’s fatal overdose: …I realized that I buried Amy the same day I buried him.
- A Congressman who started a nonprofit with a unique three-pronged approach to the drug epidemic: If you’re thinking about drugs, get educated. If you’re on drugs, get help. If you’re dealing drugs, get out.
- A man who struggled with addiction and is now helping people overcome their addictions: God sends us angels if you’re willing to ask… The life I live today is beyond my wildest dreams.
These are just some of the Voices of the Epidemic. During the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, UNITE contracted with StoryCorps – America’s oral history project – to compile stories related to the country’s opioid epidemic. These interviews will ultimately be archived in the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.
Click here to hear “Voices of the Epidemic.”
Sharing UNITE’s message in Colorado
Nancy Hale, UNITE President/CEO, shares information about UNITE’s mission and history during the opening plenary session of the National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, Colorado, Thursday, August 18, 2016. UNITE also had its Hope Wall on display along with information about its youth and treatment initiatives.
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Showing youth the right way to have fun
Math scores increased 30 percent
Through Operation UNITE’s “Too Good for Drugs” program, test scores increased 43 percent for drug prevention knowledge and 30 percent in math for students in third through fifth grades. The curricula served 1,573 students in 42 schools within 13 school districts during the 2015-16 school year.
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UNITE Drug Effort featured on KET
From the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Kentucky Educational Television’s Bill Goodman speaks with U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-KY 5th District) and Jackie Steele, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Kentucky’s 27th Judicial District and vice-chair of the Operation UNITE Board of Directors. This segment is part of KET’s Inside Opioid Addiction Initiative.
UNITE Shines in National Spotlight
Kentucky Educational Television produced this hour-long program featuring excerpts from the fifth annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, held in Atlanta March 28-31, 2016. The program includes remarks by President Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th), U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, and an interview with Nancy Hale, President/CEO of Kentucky-based Operation UNITE.
Drug test kit initiative
The “Give Me A Reason!” drug prevention initiative is a voluntary drug testing program designed as a way for our youth to avoid peer pressure and give them a reason to say “no” to drug use. When confronted with drugs, this initiative will give youth an opportunity to say: “I can’t use drugs, my parents drug test me!”
For more details about the program, click here.