One life at a time…

KY HELP treatment line begins December 1

Almost two weeks ago Governor Matt Bevin announced that the Kentucky Justice and Safety Cabinet would partner with Operation UNITE to provide a drug helpline to the state of Kentucky. “The substance abuse problem has brought us together in the Commonwealth,” said Nancy Hale, UNITE President/CEO. The helpline – 1-833-859-4357 – will go live on December 1 at 8:30 a.m.
Read full story by Taylor Frost, WYMT
Learn more about the KY HELP Call Center

UNITE Club Registration Now Available

The 2017-18 UNITE Club Handbook, which includes registration information and reporting forms, is now available. Register your school’s UNITE Club early to be eligible for funding and to receive T-shirts for all club members. Note that there is also a new Drug-Free Pledge  for use this school year.
Click here to learn more about UNITE Clubs and to register your club.

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.”

By The Numbers – October 2017

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.