Rally to support pseudoephedrine bill

A rally to show support for legislation aimed at reducing the availability of methamphetamine across Kentucky will be held in Frankfort on Thursday, February 3. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. All participants are asked to arrive no later than 2 p.m. For the day’s agenda and driving directions click here. At issue is whether to enact stricter requirements for the...

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National drug monitoring director to visit

PRESTONSBURG – Finding a way to reduce the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs is a major issue – not only in Kentucky, but on a national scale. John Eadie, director of an initiative to monitor and assist prescription drug monitoring programs (PMPs) nationwide, will discuss what is being done and how medical professionals from across the state can benefit from collaboration during the...

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New “Accidental Dealer” campaign

A new UNITE initiative to raise awareness about the need to properly secure over-the-counter and prescription medications will be launched by all 30 UNITE Coalitions in January. “The majority of youth who experiment with prescription drugs for the first time obtain these drugs from family members or friend’s family members without consent, making them an ‘accidental dealer’,” said Karen...

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Whitley rallies against drugs

WILLIAMSBURG – U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) reflected on the high number of overdose deaths in the Fifth Congressional District and the increased amount of meth lab discoveries in and around the I-75 corridor to relay the urgency of support needed for the Whitley County UNITE Coalition on Wednesday, August 11, during a luncheon at the Williamsburg Tourism Center. “We...

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UNITE/PRIDE helping Pike flood victims

Operation UNITE and PRIDE staff members are accepting donations of items to assist Pike County residents victimized by flash flooding over the weekend. “Everything is needed right now – from baby wipes to furniture,” said Karen Engle, UNITE director. “Several rural communities have been devastated and thousands of families affected. Many people have lost everything they own.” Anyone...

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156 attend SHND camp in Jackson Co.

Congressman Hal Rogers

McKEE – Winning is much more than merely being the biggest, the fastest, or having the highest score at the end of a game. What’s important is learning how to play and working together as a team to conquer adversity. “The best way to get from where you are today to where you want to be is to set a goal,” Jeff Sheppard told the 156 school-age youth participating in Operation UNITE’s...

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Two charged with cocaine trafficking

CORBIN – Two Ohio residents were arrested Thursday, April 1, following a drug investigation by Operation UNITE. Working in conjunction with the Corbin Police Department, detectives executed a search warrant at a home on Carter Street in Woodbine about 4:30 p.m. Officers recovered approximately 1 ounce of suspected cocaine, 10 Hydrocodone pills and 15 Oxycodone pills. “Chief David Campbell...

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UNITE Clubs of the Year announced

Nine schools were honored with Excellence Awards for being named UNITE Clubs of the Year during the regional Operation UNITE “Piercing the Darkness of Drugs” Youth Summits held September 15-18, 2009. Honored as UNITE Clubs of the Year from the Kentucky River region were: Carr Creek Elementary (Knott County), Whitesburg Middle School (Letcher County) and Wolfe County High. Honored as...

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Youth Summits draw 6,500 students

More than 6,500 students from 136 schools in 29 counties attended one of three Operation UNITE’s “Piercing the Darkness of Drugs” Youth Summit held September 15-17, 2009, in Hazard, Somerset and Prestonsburg. The summits featured exciting and motivational programs for youth in grades 4-12, followed by an assembly program where regional UNITE Club of the Year winners were announced. UNITE...

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