Press Release

Volunteers are making a difference

Each month, Operation UNITE provides an update on its efforts to combat substance abuse in its 32-county service area. “Together with community volunteers and leaders, Operation UNITE is making strides to make sure we help our families and youth overcome the drug epidemic and prevent people from trying drugs at all,” UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale said. “UNITE volunteers had a strong...

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Service Corps increases math scores

Through Operation UNITE’s “Too Good for Drugs” program, test scores increased 43 percent for drug prevention knowledge and 30 percent in math for students in third through fifth grades. The curricula served 1,573 students in 42 schools within 13 school districts this past year through the UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) initiative. “One of the strongest drug prevention tools we have is...

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Using social media to fight opioid crisis

Using social media to fight opioid crisis

Operation UNITE is one of five organizations selected to participate in a pilot social media training program to help community-based organizations in Appalachia more effectively use social media to combat the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers and illegal opiates, such as heroin. The training is sponsored by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for...

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SHND Camps begin June 14

SHND Camps begin June 14

Five free regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard will be conducted June 14 through June 23. All school-age youth are invited to participate in any of the camps, hosted by Operation UNITE, at the following dates and locations: Week 1 • Tuesday, June 14, at Martin (Warfield) Middle School in Warfield. • Thursday, June...

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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 on April 30, 2016. This number represents 21.77 percent of the total collected in Kentucky (9,752 pounds). “A total of 2,123 pounds of...

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