Youth Initiatives

2015 SHND camps announced

2015 SHND camps announced

Five free regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard will be offered by Operation UNITE this summer. All school-age youth are invited to participate in any of the camps, to be held at the following dates and locations: • Monday, June 8, at Magoffin County High School in Salyersville. • Tuesday, June 9, at Prestonsburg...

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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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Hayes Lewis has ‘project of month’

Hayes Lewis has ‘project of month’

HYDEN – A school project designed to counteract the effects of bullying at Hayes Lewis Elementary School in Leslie County was honored as the “UNITE Club Project of the Month” for October. This was the first year Operation UNITE has presented this award to highlight what students in the anti-drug school clubs were doing to make a difference within their school, community or county. For...

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A reason to say no to drugs

A reason to say no to drugs

MT. VERNON – A new drug prevention initiative designed to provide youth another way to resist peer pressure to experiment with drugs was launched in Rockcastle County Tuesday, October 14. The “Give Me A Reason” program – a collaborative effort by the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) and Operation UNITE – will provide free saliva-based drug test kits to parents...

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Rockcastle sweeps UNITE Club honors

Rockcastle sweeps UNITE Club honors

MT. VERNON – It’s becoming a tradition. For the sixth straight year, Rockcastle County UNITE Clubs at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels have swept the region for “UNITE Club of the Year” honors. It is the eighth consecutive win for Mt. Vernon Elementary School. The awards, for efforts put forth during the 2013-14 school year, were presented by Fifth District Congressman Harold...

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