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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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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Shoot Hoops coming to Estill

IRVINE – A free basketball camp featuring former University of Kentucky star Jeff Sheppard is coming to Estill County on Monday, June 28. The interactive camp program, open to all school-age youth, tips off at 4 p.m. at Estill County High School. Participants are asked to arrive about 30 minutes early to register. Sponsored by WestCare Kentucky through an ARC mini-grant from the Estill-Powell...

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Interstate drug trafficking crackdown


(11-2-09) Operation UNITE detectives targeted more than 100 individuals from 10 Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties as part of last week’s crackdown on interstate drug trafficking. The drug roundup, the largest in state history, was called “Operation Flamingo Road” because of the thousands of prescription pills being obtained in Florida and brought back to the state for distribution. A...

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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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