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Policy forum on substance abuse

PRESTONSBURG (10-15-12) – A bi-partisan panel of state and federal policy makers will discuss current initiatives to make a positive impact on curbing the drug abuse epidemic at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on Monday, October 29. A limited number of seats are still available for the Bluegrass Policy Forum on Substance Abuse, presented by the Operation UNITE Foundation and the Recovery Kentucky...

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‘Best practices’ PDMP report lauded

WASHINGTON, DC (9-20-12) – Coordinating best practices of our nation’s prescription drug monitoring programs will enhance opportunities to save lives and curb abuse and addiction, according to the director of a successful anti-drug organization in Kentucky. “Too often we think of substance abuse from an impersonal perspective when, in reality, we should be focusing on the individuals and...

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Michigan doctor ran pill pipeline to KY

PIKE (9-7-12) – A Michigan doctor and two of his patients, suspected of operating a pill distribution ring to Eastern Kentucky, were arrested by federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials earlier this week. Dr. Anthony Choe, 45, of Chelsea, Michigan, was arrested at his office Wednesday, September 5, on a federal indictment warrant charging him with conspiracy to distribute...

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Fr. Ralph Beiting remembered

We have lost a dear friend of southern and eastern Kentucky. The Rev. Ralph William Beiting, a Catholic priest who spent the past 62 years serving the needs of the poor, passed away Thursday in Ashland. He founded the interdenominational Christian Appalachian Project in 1962, and a decade later the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission in Louisa that provides food, clothing and household supplies...

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KEMI partners with UNITE

SOMERSET – Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) has partnered with Operation UNITE to help educate the public on the need to safeguard medications in the home. “As Kentucky’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance with more than 21,000 policyholders throughout the state, KEMI is on the front lines of the battle against prescription drug abuse,” said Roger Fries,...

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Judiciary Committee meets in McCreary

STEARNS – “The laws that you passed will save lives,” Karen Kelly, director of Operation UNITE, told members of the Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary meeting Friday morning in McCreary County. Kelly was one of several people to address House and Senate members on current efforts designed to counter the state’s substance abuse problems – including...

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Anthem promotes health lifestyle as SHND sponsor

Staying fit and avoiding unhealthy lifestyle choices – such as using alcohol and other drugs – is part of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky’s wellness philosophy. To help promote healthy behaviors, Anthem has signed on as a major sponsor for Operation UNITE’s 2012 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps. Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps provide basketball skills instruction in...

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Service Corps awarded Governor’s Citation

Service Corps Governor's Citation

PRESTONSBURG – Operation UNITE’s Service Corps program received recognition for its excellent leadership and service during its end-of-year celebration held May 23. “Because of your demonstration of integrity and ability, meriting our great trust and respect, we are most pleased to award (UNITE) this Governor’s Citation in sincere appreciation of your outstanding services to the...

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Free basketball camps return

Five free regional basketball camps conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard will be offered by Operation UNITE this summer. All school-age youth are invited to participate in the Shoot Hoops Not Drugs programs at the following dates and locations: • Tuesday, June 5 – Rowan County, the old middle school gym, 415 West Sun Street, Morehead. • Thursday, June 7 – Clay...

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Drug education program training

MANCHESTER – Representatives of organizations across central and eastern Kentucky have received training on a series of evidence-based programs designed to help educate parents, teens and concerned citizens about drugs. To view photos from the training click here. Thirty-five individuals from community coalitions, treatment and recovery programs, schools and the state juvenile justice program...

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