About Operation UNITE

“UNITE” is an acronym meaning Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education. It reflects the three-pronged, comprehensive approach deemed necessary to combating substance abuse in Kentucky.

Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education, Inc. (Operation UNITE) is a 501(c)(3) non-stock, non-profit corporation organized and operated exclusively for educational, civic, patriotic and enhancement of society purposes under the Internal Revenue Code.

Operation UNITE was launched in April 2003 by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers in response to a special report, “Prescription for Pain,” published by the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper during January and February 2003. This series of articles exposed the addiction and corruption associated with drug abuse in southern and eastern Kentucky, which largely included Rogers’ Fifth Congressional District.
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Purpose | Vision | Mission

  • Purpose: We create hope and change the culture.
  • Vision: Operation UNITE is a collaborative model striving to prevent abuse of drugs and facilitate recovery.
  • Mission: We create strategic partnerships. We provide leadership. We promote education. We coordinate treatment. We support law enforcement.

“Prescription For Hope”

Narrated by Kentucky Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, “Prescription For Hope” details the birth of Operation UNITE and the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.


Service Region

Operation UNITE serves 32 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky, including all counties comprising the Fifth Congressional District: Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.

Board of Directors

UNITE is governed by a Board of Directors that typically meets at 10:00 a.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 350 CAP Drive in London.
To learn about members of the Board of Directors, click here.


Primary funding for Operation UNITE comes through an appropriation from the Kentucky General Assembly. Grants, individual, and corporate donations fund many of UNITE’s education and treatment initiatives.
To make a donation in support of UNITE, click here.

Why You Should Be Involved

Participation in Operation UNITE will:

  • Raise your awareness about drugs and the drug problem.
  • Maximize your talents and abilities to affect change.
  • Empower you to take a stand; there is power in numbers.
  • Assist you or your family members to receive treatment, counseling and after-care services if you are experiencing problems related to substance abuse.
  • Provide resources and support for you to begin or expand anti-drug programs for youth, either through schools or community groups.
  • Make your neighborhood safer by getting drug dealers off the streets.
  • Keep you informed about legislative actions related to drugs and drug enforcement.


Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

The Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, created by UNITE in 2012, is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by Rx drug abuse.
To learn more about the Summit, click here.