Coalition

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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14th anniversary, Congressional testimony

The first week of April was a momentous occasion for Operation UNITE, President/CEO Nancy Hale told members of the UNITE Board of Directors at their monthly board meeting. On Wednesday, April 5, Hale testified before a Congressional subcommittee about the opioid epidemic. Then, on Friday, April 7, Operation UNITE celebrated 14 years of leading efforts in investigations, treatment and...

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Hale testifies before U.S. House Subcommittee

Hale testifies before U.S. House Subcommittee

Nancy Hale, President and CEO of Operation UNITE, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Other witnesses were Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health; Bill Guy, Parents Helping Parents; and Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Senior...

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Drug Courts proving their worth

Child support collections from Drug Courts in Operation UNITE’s service region rose by more than 75 percent in February, while the number of community service hours provided by participants increased by more than 40 percent during the same period. “Drug courts continue to prove their worth to the families and communities in our service area,” UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale said. “With...

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KSP to pilot ‘The Angel Initiative’

KSP to pilot ‘The Angel Initiative’

PIKEVILLE – It’s not about getting soft on crime. It’s about getting smart about dealing with the substance abuse problems facing southern and eastern Kentucky. That message, from Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders, was stressed several times during a forum in Pikeville March 9 to discuss implementation of a pilot program – The Angel Initiative – designed to help those in...

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