Menifee

Training for disasters

Tornados, floods … and now earthquakes. Disasters can strike Kentucky communities at any time, and it is important to have trained individuals in place to facilitate rescue and recovery efforts With this in mind, each of Operation UNITE’s 44 Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members will receive disaster response certification training classes over the next few months. The first training on...

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Botts named Deputy of the Year

FRENCHBURG — James Botts, a long-time member of Operation UNITE’s Drug Task Force, was named Deputy of the Year by the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association earlier this fall. Botts, who works through the Menifee County Sheriff’s Office, was honored for his humanitarian efforts following the devastating March 2 tornado outbreak. “This young man stands out as a man who went above and beyond...

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Bi-partisan support pledged in drug fight

PRESTONSBURG – State leaders joined Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers in pledging strong, bi-partisan support of efforts to curb prescription drug abuse during a forum held Monday night at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. More than 400 people attended the Bluegrass Policy Forum on Substance Abuse, held at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Conference Center, to learn about current anti-drug efforts and what...

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Service Corps: Giving kids hope

PAINTSVILLE – Operation UNITE’s Service Corps initiative sets an example of success that should be replicated across America, according to the head of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “We need to share this as a model to other rural counties across the country,” said Wendy Spencer, executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based organization that directs the AmeriCorps...

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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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