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Smoot to replace Kelly as UNITE CEO

LONDON – Dan Smoot, who has been part of the Operation UNITE team since its inception a decade ago, will step up to lead the organization effective May 15. The UNITE Board of Directors voted Tuesday, April 30, to elevate Smoot to President and Chief Executive Officer. He will replace Karen Kelly, who helped create UNITE in 2003. “The Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the hiring...

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1,200 lbs of drugs collected in UNITE region

In just a single day, citizens across southern and eastern Kentucky have doubled the amount of unwanted or unused medications returned for safe disposal. On Saturday, April 27, Operation UNITE partnered with local anti-drug coalitions, the Kentucky State Police, and local law enforcement agencies for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back...

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Second symposium for medical professionals slated for April 27 in Paintsville

PAINTSVILLE – Medical professionals are invited to attend a free training on prescription drug abuse and diversion on Saturday, April 27, at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville. The free symposium provides information about new state reporting requirements, the importance of understanding addiction, and presents ideas to help providers effectively treat pain while reducing the risk for abuse. Nearly...

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Kelly named Hal Rogers’ District Director

SOMERSET, KY – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced Thursday, April 11, that the Director of Operation UNITE, Karen Kelly, will be joining his Fifth Congressional District Staff as District Director effective May 15, 2013. Concurrently, Rogers’ District Director, Chris Girdler is announcing his transition to the private sector, while continuing to serve as State...

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Summit focused national attention on Rx drug abuse

CHAMPIONSGATE, FL – A national outcry about the human cost of prescription drug abuse is needed if efforts to stop this national epidemic are to be successful, participants at the second National Rx Drug Abuse Summit were told. “When are we going to take it seriously, because in the end these are friends and family members” who are paying for the cost of addiction, said Joseph Rannazzisi,...

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Medical symposia offered on Rx drug problem

Symposia to educate medical providers about prescription drug abuse and diversion will be conducted at four locations across Kentucky this spring. These free “Kentucky Medical Communities UNITEd” forums – presented by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, and Operation UNITE – are scheduled for Morehead (April 13), Paintsville (April 27), Bowling...

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Lee drug RU marks 4,000th UNITE arrest

BEATTYVILLE – Operation UNITE made its 4,000th drug-related arrest during a roundup of suspected dealers in Lee County on Friday, February 22. “This is a significant milestone for UNITE’s Law Enforcement Drug Task Force,” said Paul Hays, UNITE law enforcement director. Law enforcement officers had arrested 17 of 25 individuals sought in the sweep and seized a small quantity of marijuana...

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‘The Highway To Heroin’

“The Highway to Heroin,” a FREE, public domain video program available as a C-Satellite Downlink and as an on-demand webcast, will air from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Click here to register. The push to close pill mills and reduce the painkiller supply is creating a new problem. Opiate addicts need their fix, so when they can’t easily get their pills to pop,...

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Rogers awarded for fighting drug abuse

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) received the Congressional Leadership Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) for his unwavering commitment to keeping America’s youth drug and alcohol free. Rogers was joined by Senator Bob Casey, U.S. Reps Michael Fitzpatrick and Frank Wolf in receiving this honor for...

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Police oppose hemp legislation

Industrial hemp production in Kentucky is not economically sound, would impose an unnecessary financial burden on the state, and could facilitate future efforts to legalize its cousin – marijuana, according to law enforcement officials across the commonwealth. “All of the rhetoric you’re hearing from the small group of proponents seeking to reintroduce hemp cultivation is based on desired...

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