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Camp UNITE begins

Operation UNITE’s 13th annual Camp UNITE is being held July 23-26 at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. More than 200 youth from 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties were registered to attend. Nearly 150 volunteers will assist UNITE staff in providing programming during the four-day, three-night Camp. Staff and volunteers arrived on campus Monday, July 22, for...

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Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps

UPDATED 6-21-19 – Five free, regional Operation UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball skills camps for youth throughout southern and eastern Kentucky will be conducted between June 11 and June 20. Former University of Kentucky point guard and four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson – who was part of the 2011-12 National Championship squad – will conduct these three-hour...

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Hale to serve on ARC Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 13, 2019 — Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the formation of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC), a 24-member volunteer advisory group of leaders from law enforcement, recovery services, health, economic development, private industry, education, state government and other sectors. Nancy Hale, President/CEO of Operation UNITE, will serve as...

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23 students awarded scholarships

Twenty-three high school seniors in the Class of 2019 have been selected to receive “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $34,500 for being champions for anti-drug efforts in their schools and communities.   “These scholarships honor youth – whom we call UNITE Ambassadors – who have excelled not only this year, but throughout much of their undergraduate careers, by being champions...

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4 universities commit to SCC partnership

Somerset – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin joined state and local officials, and leaders of Somerset Community College (SCC), on May 6, 2019, to announce four university partnerships that will allow local students to earn a bachelor’s degree through the new University Center of Southern Kentucky in Somerset. The university partners include: Eastern...

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Rx Summit: ‘A powerful four days’

ATLANTA (April 26, 2019) — A record number of more than 3,500 of the nation’s top researchers, law enforcement officials, advocates and policy-makers convened for the 8th Annual Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, which ended yesterday in Atlanta. “The level of participation at this year’s Rx Summit was unprecedented. The impressive lineup of officials participating in the Summit this...

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President, First Lady address Rx Summit

ATLANTA (April 24, 2019) — President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump addressed attendees of the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit today. “I am honored to join the thousands of leaders here for the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit,” President Trump said. The President focused on the progress being made in three areas: increased funding; curbing the flow of drugs from...

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Health, science take center stage

ATLANTA (April 24, 2019) — Top health and science officials addressed the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit yesterday with an update from their announcement at last year’s summit on $500 million per year in funding for the opioid crisis. Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)...

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Five Members of Congress lead bipartisan charge for more life-saving solutions

ATLANTA, GA – On Tuesday morning, April 23, 2019, a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives united their voices at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, where more than 3,500 people are gathered to initiate life-saving solutions on the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic. U.S. Representatives Hal Rogers (R-KY), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO),...

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Eadie receives Hal Rogers Beacon of Hope Award

ATLANTA (April 23, 2019) — The Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit named John L. Eadie as the recipient of the second annual Congressman Hal Rogers Beacon of Hope Award. The award is named for Hal Rogers, U.S. Congressman, Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District, the founder of Operation UNITE, the original organizer of and now educational advisor for the summit. Eadie, who lives in Rensselaer,...

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