LONDON – Magoffin County’s Carolyn Isaac has been named a recipient of Operation UNITE’s “Rising Above” Award for inspiring leadership, purpose and passion in the region.

The award was presented by Gil Kerlikowske, White House Director for Drug Policy, and Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers during a celebration dinner at the London Community Center Wednesday, February 23.

The go-to person for drug prevention in Magoffin County is Carolyn Isaac. A public health nurse for the past 27 years, Isaac currently serves as facilitator for the SAFE Coalition (funded by ARC substance abuse grants), she has been the local board coordinator for the KY-ASAP/Champions for a Drug Free Kentucky Coalition since 2003, and is director for the Drug Free Communities Grant since 2004.

“Because of her efforts, Magoffin County hosted one of the largest prescription drug take back events UNITE has ever had – over 50,000 pills were collected from this community, which has a population of just over 13,000 people,” said Karen Kelly, director for UNITE. “Needless to say, UNITE’s incinerator/pill dragon was well fed at that take-back event.