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Show focuses on opioids in rural America

Show focuses on opioids in rural America

UPDATE 3-13-13: Click here to watch the program. UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale and Clay Countians UNITED Co-Chair John “Boo” Smith were interviewed Wednesday, March 7, by RFD TV Anchor Janet Adkison for a segment to be included in a live television program airing Monday, March 12. Tune in at 8 p.m. (ET) for “Rural America Live – Crisis in the Heartland: The Opioid...

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‘Angel Initiative’ launched statewide

‘Angel Initiative’ launched statewide

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley were alongside Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders as the Angel Initiative was launched statewide on March 1, 2018. View photos from the announcement.   The Angel Initiative is a pro-active approach offering an alternative escape to those battling substance...

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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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