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Drug Take-Back Day October 26

Residents living in southern and eastern Kentucky wishing to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications have plenty of options at this coming Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Over the past year, Operation UNITE has helped establish 41 permanent medication drop box sites in 34 counties. These boxes are available free to citizens during operating hours that vary...

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Cadets learn life skills at SHND camp

HARLAN – When participants lined up to begin Operation UNITE’s Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camp in Harlan Thursday evening, Oct. 10, it was obvious this program was going to be a bit different from all the others. It might have been the matching purple, red or black T-shirts that provided the first clue, but there was little doubt after the 72 young men and women were given permission to remove...

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Harlan drug roundup targets 51

HARLAN – Arrest warrants for 51 Harlan County residents have been issued following a nine-month undercover investigation by Operation UNITE into drug trafficking within the area. Law enforcement officers from UNITE, the Kentucky State Police, Harlan Police Department, Lynch Police Department, Loyall Police Department and Benham Police Department set out Friday, October 4, to locate these...

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Treatment initiative ‘a model’

LONDON – At age 14, Chad Webb began drinking alcohol. It wasn’t long before his youthful experimentation had progressed to more potent drugs and an addiction to prescription pain killers. “All I was worrying about is how I would get my next high,” the 38-year-old Pike County resident told state lawmakers during a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary in London on September...

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‘Hope Wall,’ education classroom unveiled

MANCHESTER (August 16, 2013) – A sign along the Hal Rogers Parkway at Manchester welcomes visitors to “The City of Hope.” On Friday, 10 years after the launch of Operation UNITE, elected officials and community volunteers gathered to celebrate two new reasons for Hope in the fight against drugs: a wall celebrating those who have overcome addiction and a state-of-the-art mobile education...

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Ceremony to unveil mobile classroom, ‘Hope Wall’

A mobile drug education classroom and a recovery “Hope Wall” will be unveiled by Operation UNITE during a ceremony to be held Friday, August 16, in Manchester. Helping to announce the major education and treatment initiatives will be U.S. Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. Michael T. Benson, Kentucky...

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UNITE funded for 44 AmeriCorps members

FRANKFORT – Operation UNITE’s AmeriCorps program is one of 12 programs across Kentucky to receive grant funding, Audrey Tayse Haynes, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, announced this week. “With this grant, the UNITE Service Corps will continue to provide 44 full-time AmeriCorps members to schools in southern and eastern Kentucky for the upcoming term,” stated...

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Rogers: ‘Be A Hero’

WILLIAMSBURG, KY — U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers encouraged students to “Be a Hero” during the closing ceremonies of the 7th Annual Camp UNITE on Friday, July 26, 2013 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands. Rogers was introduced by Rockcastle County High School graduate Hannah Eaton who has testified before Congress and spoken to national leaders about...

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Indiana city to model Camp UNITE

WILLIAMSBURG, KY – Three officials from a southwestern Indiana community are participating on staff this week at Operation UNITE’s Camp UNITE to get a feel for how things operate – just in time for their inaugural camp program in Evansville next week. From left, Kyle Phernetton, director of public relations at the Vanderburgh County (Indiana) Prosecutor’s Office; Detective Brock...

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93 attend Leslie SHND

HYDEN – “Just like basketball, life is a team game,” Jeff Sheppard, former University of Kentucky all-star, told participants in the fourth Operation UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp of 2013 Monday evening. “You need to surround yourself with the right team,” Sheppard instructed the 93 youth participants from three Kentucky counties (Leslie, Harlan and Perry) plus Tennessee....

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