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‘Celebration’ event set for May 5

‘Celebration’ event set for May 5

America’s drug czar will help Operation UNITE recognize and “Celebrate Successes in Prevention and Education” throughout southern and eastern Kentucky at a luncheon on Tuesday, May 5. Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will join Kentucky’s Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the...

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2015 SHND camps announced

2015 SHND camps announced

Five free regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard will be offered by Operation UNITE this summer. All school-age youth are invited to participate in any of the camps, to be held at the following dates and locations: • Monday, June 8, at Magoffin County High School in Salyersville. • Tuesday, June 9, at Prestonsburg...

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Drug fight ‘an American issue’

Drug fight ‘an American issue’

ATLANTA – Seven perspectives. Two political parties. One mission. Representatives from both the U.S. House and Senate addressed nearly 1,400 attendees of the fourth National Rx Drug Abuse Summit Wednesday, April 8, to discuss current and planned legislation addressing what has become a national crisis. “This is an American issue,” proclaimed U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia....

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Reducing OD deaths a top concern

Reducing OD deaths a top concern

ATLANTA – The science of addiction and intervention became the focus of the third day of the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit. Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), partnered as keynote speakers for an innovative session entitled, “What’s Working and Where Are We...

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ARC’s Gohl honored for ‘vision’

ARC’s Gohl honored for ‘vision’

ATLANTA – Tackling a problem as diverse as prescription drug abuse and addiction requires extraordinary collaboration and effort. Earl Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), was honored Tuesday, April 7, by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th) for being a driving force behind the nation’s largest collaboration of advocates working to solve the...

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Federal Leaders Advance Efforts to Curb Rx Abuse

Federal Leaders Advance Efforts to Curb Rx Abuse

ATLANTA – The 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit kicked off with a record-breaking crowd of 1,400 attendees from 49 states and Canada. Operation UNITE, a small non-profit organization from southern and eastern Kentucky, is hosting the four-day summit in Atlanta. It has grown to become the largest collaboration of professionals in the U.S. focused on a multi-faceted approach to the drug...

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