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‘Walk for Recovery’ all about hope

FRANKFORT – September is National Recovery Month for people struggling with substance abuse, so hundreds of people gathered at the Kentucky State Capitol to walk for awareness.   State officials, those in recovery, and recovery advocates – such as Operation UNITE – were part of more than 300 people who took part in the “Walk for Recovery” on Monday, September...

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Free Provider Education Summit

Updated 9-16-19 – A free Provider Education Summit will be offered by Operation UNITE and the Kentucky River Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) on Thursday, September 26, on the campus of Hazard Community and Technical College. Entitled “Providing Hope to Our Communities,” this Summit will offer CEU/CMEs to physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, social...

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Philippine delegation visits

A delegation from the Philippines stopped by Operation UNITE’s office on August 23, 2019, to learn about collaborative prevention programs and initiatives, local coalition building, and the treatment efforts. The visit was part of a week-long professional exchange program under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. They were...

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Louisville to model Voucher Program

Citizens Attacking Addiction (CAA), a community coalition serving the Louisville metro area, has plans to model UNITE’s Treatment Voucher program. Known as LIFT (Louisville Initiative For Treatment), the program – funded by private-sector donations – would provide financial assistance for individuals to obtain long-term residential treatment for substance use disorders. CAA...

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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. Nearly 200 youth from 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties were registered to attend. More than 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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