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‘Opioids in Appalachia’

‘Opioids in Appalachia’

A new report exploring the best practices for communicating about opioids in the Appalachian Region has been released by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). From January to June 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and ORAU conducted interviews with subject matter...

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Hale praises support from ARC

Hale praises support from ARC

Nancy Hale, President & CEO of Operation UNITE, was asked to present testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, hearing entitled “The Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: Addressing Hurdles to Economic Development in the Region.” Other witnesses included The...

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1,800 pounds of meds collected

Operation UNITE collected 1,844 pounds of unwanted or expired medications as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 28, 2017. This represents 15.4 percent of the 11,920 pounds collected statewide. Since 2012, UNITE has collected and properly disposed of 21,298 pounds (10.6 tons) of medications. You can turn in medications anytime...

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KY HELP line now available

KY HELP line now available

UPDATE: The KY HELP Call Center went live at 8:30 am on Friday, December 1. FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2017) – The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE are launching a new substance abuse call center that will connect people across the state with drug treatment, Governor Matt Bevin announced today. Starting December 1, Kentuckians struggling with a substance use...

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Forums to focus on addiction, recovery

Forums to focus on addiction, recovery

Two free public forums focusing on substance use addiction and recovery solutions will be held on November 13 and 14. Both events will feature Dr. Al J. Mooney, internationally-recognized author of the best-seller, “The Recovery Book.” Monday’s forum will begin at 4 pm in the Corbin Public Library with refreshments, informational displays on local treatment and recovery resources, as well...

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Drug Courts reach milestone

Drug Courts in the UNITE service region reached a milestone in September 2017 of more than $1 million collected in child support since inception, according to a report presented to the UNITE Board of Directors in October. Overall, more than $2.48 million was collected, which includes fines, restitutions and court costs. The number of Drug Court programs increased in the Operation UNITE service...

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