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SHND: ‘March Madness’ in June

SHND: ‘March Madness’ in June

The spring might bring “March Madness,” but the hoops really heat up in June for Operation UNITE’s Shoot Hoops Not Drugs (SHND) basketball camps. Five regional camps were held with 737 youth participants from 27 Kentucky counties and three other states (Ohio, West Virginia and South Carolina). In addition, 262 adults attended a drug education program, and 145 volunteers assisted....

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Summit, coalition activities highlight busy April

The centerpiece of Operation UNITE’s activities in April was serving as educational adviser for the 2017 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta. More than 2,400 people from 48 states plus the District of Columbia and four countries registered for Summit. It is the largest national collaboration of federal, state and local professionals seeking to address prescription drug abuse, misuse and...

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Nearly 1.5 tons of meds collected

Nearly 1.5 tons of meds collected

LONDON – Nearly 1.5 tons of medications were collected by Operation UNITE as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. “This was the largest amount of pills that have been brought in for disposal by citizens across southern and eastern Kentucky,” said Nancy Hale, president and CEO of UNITE. “According to the National Institute on...

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States to receive funding for opioid efforts

States to receive funding for opioid efforts

ATLANTA (4-18-17) – Letters are in the mail to governors of all states and U.S. territories informing them that $485 million in grants have been awarded for evidence-based initiatives through the 21st Century Cures Act, Tom Price, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced Wednesday evening at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. “There is no miracle...

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NIH announces new initiative

NIH announces new initiative

ATLANTA (4-18-17) – America currently lacks “safe, effective, non-addictive strategies” to combat the opioid epidemic, Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told attendees to the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Wednesday morning. “Our list of options is woefully short.” Collins announced plans to jump-start research through formation of...

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Surgeon General urges compassion

Surgeon General urges compassion

ATLANTA (4-18-17) – Treating pain effectively, investing in community prevention, providing proper treatment, eradicating the stigma around addiction, and eliminating stress are keys to overcoming the nation’s opioid crisis, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy told attendees of the sixth annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Tuesday evening. “The disease of...

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