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KY fares well in new drug report

A new national report shows Kentucky fares well compared to other states in the number of patients potentially misusing non-prescribed medications or abusing illegal drugs. Kentucky, “which has long been known as an epicenter of the national prescription drug epidemic,” was “noticeably absent” from the top 10 worst performing states in each of three categories studied, according to the...

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A reason to say no to drugs

MT. VERNON – A new drug prevention initiative designed to provide youth another way to resist peer pressure to experiment with drugs was launched in Rockcastle County Tuesday, October 14. The “Give Me A Reason” program – a collaborative effort by the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) and Operation UNITE – will provide free saliva-based drug test kits to parents...

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1,600 pounds of pills collected

Residents across southern and eastern Kentucky brought 1,656.3 pounds of pills to drop box sites as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 9th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. “Operation UNITE collected unwanted or outdated drugs from each of the 42 drop box locations in our service region,” noted Dan Smoot, president of the anti-drug organization. “Combined with the...

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Hope Wall in Morgan County

WEST LIBERTY – A first glance, the photos lining a display in the Morgan County Judicial Center lobby could be portraits of loved ones or friends hanging on a wall in your home. But the descriptions under each picture reveal a common element – they all once abused drugs. “It shows that prescription drugs affect every walk of life – from the rich to the middle class to the poor,” said...

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Hope Wall coming to West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY – The UNITE Hope Wall will be on display in the Morgan County Judicial Center in West Liberty starting 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, June 6, and continuing for at least two weeks. Celebrating a person’s ability to overcome an addiction, the display gives hope to others struggling through a loved one’s substance abuse addiction hope. Unveiled last August, the Hope Wall demonstrates...

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23 students awarded scholarships

Twenty-three seniors from 16 schools across southern and eastern Kentucky have been named “I Am UNITE” Scholarship recipients. This is the second year for the scholarships, valued at $1,500 each. Funding is provided by the UNITE Foundation through private donations and proceeds from the annual National Rx Drug Abuse Summit. “We are excited to be able to provide assistance to these students...

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UNITE collects nearly 1 ton of pills

Nearly 1 ton of outdated or unwanted medication was collected from 42 medication dropbox locations across southern and eastern Kentucky during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past weekend. The 1,933.2 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs filled 114 cartons. This total does not include any medications brought to other...

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Union College honors UNITE

BARBOURVILLE – Operation UNITE was honored by Union College for its “civic responsibility” to the citizens of southern and eastern Kentucky – and the nation as a whole – during its Spring Convocation ceremony on Thursday, January 23. Union College President Dr. Marcia Hawkins presented the award. Accepting the award on behalf of UNITE was Dale Morton, communications director. Text of...

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Rx Summit to be held in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Governor Nathan Deal (R-GA) joined several state and national leaders at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, January 23, to announce that the 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. This Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals on the prescription drug abuse issue and will be...

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Food drive expected to set record

Thousands of struggling Eastern Kentucky families will have their holiday tables brightened thanks to the generosity of their neighbors. Food drives conducted by UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members at dozens of schools across the region have so far netted nearly 9 tons of non-perishable items that will be distributed within their local communities. And this number is expected to...

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