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23 awarded ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

23 awarded ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

Twenty-three high school seniors have been selected to receive 2016 “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $34,500 for being champions for anti-drug efforts. Each scholarship is worth $1,500 toward post-secondary expenses. Funding for the scholarships comes from proceeds of the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit – the largest annual collaboration of professionals and advocates in the...

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UNITE disposes of 1 ton of drugs

UNITE disposes of 1 ton of drugs

More than 1 ton of outdated or unwanted medication was collected from Operation UNITE’s 42 medication dropbox locations across southern and eastern Kentucky as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past weekend. This number does not include any medications brought to other drop-off sites in Kentucky during Saturday’s four-hour...

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Budget includes UNITE funding

Budget includes UNITE funding

LONDON – The final version of a two-year state budget approved by lawmakers and Governor Matt Bevin provides funding for Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) and signals a commitment to continue Kentucky’s national leadership on reversing this country’s opioid epidemic. “This opioid abuse problem is resulting in a life being lost every 20 minutes in...

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Summit sets record attendance

Summit sets record attendance

ATLANTA – A record number of more than 1,900 of the nation’s top researchers, law enforcement officials, advocates and policy-makers convened for the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, which ended March 31, 2016, in Atlanta. View photos from the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. During those 67 hours, the Summit’s “Life Counts Clock” revealed...

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President to speak at Summit

President to speak at Summit

ATLANTA – Today, the White House announced that President Barack Obama will speak at the fifth annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit on Tuesday, March 29, at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in downtown Atlanta. The President will speak Tuesday afternoon. The time will be announced at a later date. This follows his visit last year to West Virginia, where he announced a number of...

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Scholarship deadline extended

Scholarship deadline extended

LONDON – Operation UNITE has extended the deadline for seniors to apply for “I Am UNITE” scholarships to Friday, April 8. “The initial deadline was March 31, but with the number of school closings due to weather and sickness we wanted to make sure students had an opportunity to submit an application,” explained Debbie L. Trusty, UNITE’s Education and Treatment Director. Application...

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