Programs and Initiatives
The Champions/UNITE for a Drug Free McCreary County currently offers the following initiatives: Court Watch programs, UNITE Pill Dragon, tobacco education, Meth Watch, pre-school anti-drug programs, after school programs, media campaigns (alcohol, prescription drugs, tobacco), treatment referrals and teen coalitions.
The Lord’s Gym
One of the strengths of the McCreary Coalition is its ability to provide activities for its youth at The Lord’s Gym Sports Outreach Center. Open four days a week, the facility is averaging 125 youth attending each day. The gym offers basketball programs, a baseball pitching machine, weight room, video gaming stations, computer homework/tutoring lab, a music lab with guitars, piano and drums, and self-defense classes.
The following partnerships are in place to support the coalitionL Lord’s Gym Sports Outreach Center, McCreary County Board of Education, McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, Adanta Regional Prevention Center, Operation UNITE, Lake Cumberland Health Department, Somerset Community College, Eagle Youth and Family Development Center, McCreary County Fiscal Court, McCreary County judicial agencies, and many local businesses.
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. community members come together for prayer and discussion at The Gathering Place in Whitley City. Drug abuse is everybody’s problem and it is time to do something about it. Come together McCreary County and see the power of prayer.
McCreary County News
Thousands of struggling Eastern Kentucky families will have their holiday tables brightened thanks to the generosity of their neighbors. Food drives conducted by UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members at dozens of schools across the region have so far netted nearly 9 tons of non-perishable items that will be distributed within their local communities. And this number is expected to...Read More
More than one ton of outdated or unwanted medications was collected by Operation UNITE as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past weekend. A total of 2,021.5 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected from permanent drop box locations in 34 southern and eastern Kentucky counties – an increase of 850.3...Read More
Residents living in southern and eastern Kentucky wishing to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications have plenty of options at this coming Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Over the past year, Operation UNITE has helped establish 41 permanent medication drop box sites in 34 counties. These boxes are available free to citizens during operating hours that vary...Read More
SOMERSET – “When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” That quotation, from an unknown person, is used by Operation UNITE to help describe its new HOPE Wall, which will be on display at the Pulaski County Judicial Center from October 14-25. “This wall inspires people to believe that anything is possible. Once they start believing that, you can see...Read More
LONDON – At age 14, Chad Webb began drinking alcohol. It wasn’t long before his youthful experimentation had progressed to more potent drugs and an addiction to prescription pain killers. “All I was worrying about is how I would get my next high,” the 38-year-old Pike County resident told state lawmakers during a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary in London on September...Read More