Coalition

Drug fight ‘an American issue’

ATLANTA – Seven perspectives. Two political parties. One mission. Representatives from both the U.S. House and Senate addressed nearly 1,400 attendees of the fourth National Rx Drug Abuse Summit Wednesday, April 8, to discuss current and planned legislation addressing what has become a national crisis. “This is an American issue,” proclaimed U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia....

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Reducing OD deaths a top concern

ATLANTA – The science of addiction and intervention became the focus of the third day of the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit. Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), partnered as keynote speakers for an innovative session entitled, “What’s Working and Where Are We...

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ARC’s Gohl honored for ‘vision’

ATLANTA – Tackling a problem as diverse as prescription drug abuse and addiction requires extraordinary collaboration and effort. Earl Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), was honored Tuesday, April 7, by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th) for being a driving force behind the nation’s largest collaboration of advocates working to solve the...

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Federal Leaders Advance Efforts to Curb Rx Abuse

ATLANTA – The 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit kicked off with a record-breaking crowd of 1,400 attendees from 49 states and Canada. Operation UNITE, a small non-profit organization from southern and eastern Kentucky, is hosting the four-day summit in Atlanta. It has grown to become the largest collaboration of professionals in the U.S. focused on a multi-faceted approach to the drug...

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Nancy Hale named President/CEO

LONDON – Nancy Hale, a long-time educator and current Co-Program Director of the UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) initiative, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Operation UNITE effective Monday, February 9. Hale succeeds Dan Smoot, who has been tapped to lead a new drug prevention/education initiative for Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area). “I am humbled...

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Feb. 17 ‘Celebration’ event canceled

Operation UNITE’s “Celebrate Successes in Prevention and Education” Coalition Awards luncheon scheduled for 11 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday, February 17, at the Eastern Kentucky University Manchester Campus has been CANCELED due to the prediction of hazardous winter weather coming into the region. It will be rescheduled. Two of America’s top officials in the effort to reduce drug use and its...

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Hayes Lewis has ‘project of month’

HYDEN – A school project designed to counteract the effects of bullying at Hayes Lewis Elementary School in Leslie County was honored as the “UNITE Club Project of the Month” for October. This was the first year Operation UNITE has presented this award to highlight what students in the anti-drug school clubs were doing to make a difference within their school, community or county. For...

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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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Kentucky invited to “Stand At The Cross”

CARYVILLE, TN – Residents of southern and eastern Kentucky are invited to participate in a unique and massive prayer walk on Saturday, November 8. Sponsored by the Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO) – whose mission is similar to the anti-drug organization Operation UNITE in Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District – the “Stand At The Cross” prayer walk will take place at noon just off...

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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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