In November, the number of community service hours from Drug Court participants almost doubled, according to Operation UNITE’s monthly update on efforts to combat substance abuse in its 32-county service area.
“Drug courts are an important part of anti-drug efforts,” UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale said. “They help participants obtain treatment while encouraging them to pursue job and educational opportunities. In addition, drug court participants pay fines and must complete community service.”
The report details Operation UNITE’s efforts to combat substance abuse in its 32-county service area. Highlights from November include:
- 41 tipline calls were received with 21,820 calls received since inception. Report suspected drug activity toll-free: 1-866-424-4382.
- During November, there were 510 active participants in drug courts within the UNITE service area. Of those, 361 were employed and 111 were pursuing education.
- The courts collected $6,054 in fines, restitution and court costs, along with $2,946 in child support in November. Since inception those totals are $1.38 million and $918,000, respectively.
- There were 10,152 hours of community service completed in November.
- 15 people entered treatment in November using a UNITE Treatment Voucher.
- Since inception, 4,120 have entered treatment.
UNITE and its coalitions held a total of 137 activities in November, such as:
- The Bell County Coalition held a training session on how to administer Naloxone to people who have overdosed.
- The Knox County Coalition has sponsored a yearlong drug prevention billboard.
- Several coalitions continued Red Ribbon Week drug prevention activities.
- In Perry County, “One Way to Play” was held to educate student athletes about the dangers of drugs. More than 75 people attended, and former Cincinnati Reds player Doug Flynn spoke.
- In Carter County, coalition members are working with a researcher on a scientific article on youth drug prevention efforts.