One life at a time…

“Opioids in Appalachia” Report Published

A new report providing a better understanding how opioids are impacting parts of Appalachia differently and how to establish communication best practices was released in January 2018. Data for the report included focus group participation by folks in the UNITE service region.
Click here to download the 32-page report.  pdf_icon_17x17

“I Am UNITE” Scholarship Applications Available

Applications for the 2017-18 “I Am UNITE” Scholarships are being accepted through Friday, March 16, 2018. “I Am UNITE” Scholarships provide high school seniors $1,500 to be used for post-secondary education expenses.
Learn more about the scholarships

KY HELP treatment line available

Governor Matt Bevin joined Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley and officials with Operation UNITE and the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy on Friday, Nov. 17, to announce a new call center that will help connect people with drug treatment across Kentucky. “The substance abuse problem has brought us together in the Commonwealth,” said Nancy Hale, UNITE President/CEO. The helpline – 1-833-859-4357 – went live on December 1.
Learn more about the KY HELP Call Center

By The Numbers – January 2018

UNITE Testifies About Programs

UNITE President & CEO Nancy Hale presented testimony and answered questions during an Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Review, Budget Review Subcommmittee on General Government, Finance, Personnel and Public Retirement hearing in Frankfort on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Chair Suzanne Miles (R-Owensboro), pictured top right, listens to Hale describe UNITE’s comprehensive approach and thank lawmakers for their investment in efforts that are “saving lives, healing families, benefiting communities, an helping provide a much-needed drug-free workforce.”

Camp UNITE 2017 in Review

The 11th annual Camp UNITE was held July 25-28, 2017 on the University of the Cumberlands campus in Williamsburg. This year’s theme was “UNITE STRONG: Heroes of H.O.P.E. (Helping Others by Positive Example).” Throughout the week, 225 youth who will be entering grades 7-9 during the 2017-18 school year experienced many fun activities designed to develop leadership and communication skills, promote teamwork and problem solving, instill confidence and trust, and – perhaps most important – let youth know they do not have to face difficult situations alone. The camp program includes motivational speakers, special interest activity tracks, an afternoon at the Kentucky Splash waterpark, community service projects, talent show, outrageous messy field games, and more.
Click here to learn more about Camp UNITE.

Stopping Drug Use Before It Starts

Kentucky Educational Television’s (KET’s) Renee Shaw and her guests – including Kentucky 5th District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, UNITE Deputy Director Tom Vicini, and Carter County UNITE Coalition Co-Chair Shelly Steiner – explore the issue of substance use prevention among adolescents on Health Three60. The program looks at the importance of messaging, positive youth development, mental health screening, community coalitions, parent education and more. This program, which includes interviews from the 2017 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, is part of KET’s ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.