Law Enforcement

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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Training on dangers of marijuana use

Training on dangers of marijuana use

Innocorp, Ltd., of Verona, Wisconsin, conducted a Fatal Vision Marijuana Goggles demonstration training December 1-2, 2015, at the National Guard ERAD headquarters in London. A total of 80 members of the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky State Police, UNITE Service Corps and UNITE staff attended the trainings. To view photos from the training, click here. The purpose of the training was to show...

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Federal Leaders Advance Efforts to Curb Rx Abuse

Federal Leaders Advance Efforts to Curb Rx Abuse

ATLANTA – The 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit kicked off with a record-breaking crowd of 1,400 attendees from 49 states and Canada. Operation UNITE, a small non-profit organization from southern and eastern Kentucky, is hosting the four-day summit in Atlanta. It has grown to become the largest collaboration of professionals in the U.S. focused on a multi-faceted approach to the drug...

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Feb. 17 ‘Celebration’ event canceled

Feb. 17 ‘Celebration’ event canceled

Operation UNITE’s “Celebrate Successes in Prevention and Education” Coalition Awards luncheon scheduled for 11 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday, February 17, at the Eastern Kentucky University Manchester Campus has been CANCELED due to the prediction of hazardous winter weather coming into the region. It will be rescheduled. Two of America’s top officials in the effort to reduce drug use and its...

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1,600 pounds of pills collected

1,600 pounds of pills collected

Residents across southern and eastern Kentucky brought 1,656.3 pounds of pills to drop box sites as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 9th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. “Operation UNITE collected unwanted or outdated drugs from each of the 42 drop box locations in our service region,” noted Dan Smoot, president of the anti-drug organization. “Combined with the...

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Drug Take-Back Day is Sept. 27

Drug Take-Back Day is Sept. 27

Operation UNITE along with Kentucky State Police posts throughout southern and eastern Kentucky will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 9th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 27. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the DEA will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at KSP Post locations in Ashland, Harlan,...

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