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SOAR Innovation Summit

PIKEVILLE – Over 1,100 people from across the country came to the SOAR Innovation Summit to hear about what our 54 county region is doing to shape our future. The focus of the day was about innovation and how SOAR could help these people connect, inspire, and shape the region. Among the dozens of booths showcasing the best of the region was Operation UNITE’s Hope Wall and information...

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SHND Camps begin June 14

Five free regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard will be conducted June 14 through June 23. All school-age youth are invited to participate in any of the camps, hosted by Operation UNITE, at the following dates and locations: Week 1 • Tuesday, June 14, at Martin (Warfield) Middle School in Warfield. • Thursday, June...

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23 awarded ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

Twenty-three high school seniors have been selected to receive 2016 “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $34,500 for being champions for anti-drug efforts. Each scholarship is worth $1,500 toward post-secondary expenses. Funding for the scholarships comes from proceeds of the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit – the largest annual collaboration of professionals and advocates in the...

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UNITE disposes of 1 ton of drugs

More than 1 ton of outdated or unwanted medication was collected from Operation UNITE’s 42 medication dropbox locations across southern and eastern Kentucky as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30, 2016. This number represents 21.77 percent of the total collected in Kentucky (9,752 pounds). “A total of 2,123 pounds of...

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Budget includes UNITE funding

LONDON – The final version of a two-year state budget approved by lawmakers and Governor Matt Bevin provides funding for Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) and signals a commitment to continue Kentucky’s national leadership on reversing this country’s opioid epidemic. “This opioid abuse problem is resulting in a life being lost every 20 minutes in...

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Summit sets record attendance

ATLANTA – A record number of more than 1,900 of the nation’s top researchers, law enforcement officials, advocates and policy-makers convened for the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, which ended March 31, 2016, in Atlanta. View photos from the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. During those 67 hours, the Summit’s “Life Counts Clock” revealed...

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Scholarship deadline extended

LONDON – Operation UNITE has extended the deadline for seniors to apply for “I Am UNITE” scholarships to Friday, April 8. “The initial deadline was March 31, but with the number of school closings due to weather and sickness we wanted to make sure students had an opportunity to submit an application,” explained Debbie L. Trusty, UNITE’s Education and Treatment Director. Application...

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National Summit begins March 28

ATLANTA – The nation’s top researchers, law enforcement, advocates and policy-makers will convene for the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit on March 28 through March 31 at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in downtown Atlanta. The Summit is the largest national collaboration of federal, state and local professionals seeking to address prescription drug abuse, misuse and...

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Training on dangers of marijuana use

Innocorp, Ltd., of Verona, Wisconsin, conducted a Fatal Vision Marijuana Goggles demonstration training December 1-2, 2015, at the National Guard ERAD headquarters in London. A total of 80 members of the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky State Police, UNITE Service Corps and UNITE staff attended the trainings. To view photos from the training, click here. The purpose of the training was to show...

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Support UNITE on #GivingTuesday

Operation UNITE is one of hundreds of nonprofit organizations across Kentucky participating in the third annual Kentucky Gives online fundraising event on Tuesday, December 1. UNITE’s focus for this year’s Kentucky Gives event is to raise funds for youth prevention and education initiatives – specifically Camp UNITE, school anti-drug UNITE Clubs, and the “On The Move!” mobile education...

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