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Free basketball camps return

Five free regional basketball camps conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard will be offered by Operation UNITE this summer. All school-age youth are invited to participate in the Shoot Hoops Not Drugs programs at the following dates and locations: • Tuesday, June 5 – Rowan County, the old middle school gym, 415 West Sun Street, Morehead. • Thursday, June 7 – Clay...

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Drug education program training

MANCHESTER – Representatives of organizations across central and eastern Kentucky have received training on a series of evidence-based programs designed to help educate parents, teens and concerned citizens about drugs. To view photos from the training click here. Thirty-five individuals from community coalitions, treatment and recovery programs, schools and the state juvenile justice program...

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Alpha Natural Resources supports Camp UNITE

MANCHESTER – Exemplifying its philosophy of “Running Right,” Alpha Natural Resources announced it will be a major corporate sponsor for Camp UNITE 2012. Company officials presented a $17,000 check to the Operation UNITE Foundation during a ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester Campus on Thursday, May 3. Accepting the donation was Karen Kelly, who heads the...

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Dionysus: Addiction takes center stage

Two free theatrical performances and town hall discussions on crucial issues related to substance abuse and addiction will be held on Thursday, May 3, in Manchester and Hazard. “The Dionysus Project: Addiction Takes Center Stage” is an innovative public health collaboration between The Partnership at Drugfree.org, Outside the Wire, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and Operation...

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Tornado relief efforts

Operation UNITE is assisting emergency management officials in counties hit by the March 2 tornadoes. Currently the greatest needs are for supplies in Menifee and Lawrence counties. This is an immediate need. Supplies Needed: Non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, socks, garbage bags, diapers, wipes, Germ-X, shampoo, deodorant, paper products, rubber storage containers, hammers, nails, shovels,...

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Surgeon General to speak at Rx Summit

Prescription drug abuse is a growing public health concern. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin will address the need for major public health initiatives across many fields during the first National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in April. “The negative impacts of substance abuse span a broad spectrum, including health care costs, public safety, economic development and social services. As...

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Nation’s top drug official to speak at Rx Summit

The nation’s top official in the war on drugs will be a keynote presenter at the first National Rx Drug Abuse Summit next April. R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), has identified prescription drug abuse as a top priority for public health in the United States. “Mr. Kerlikowske is very aware of the devastating impacts of...

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Appalachia engages nation on Rx abuse

Citing the importance of a drug-free population to sustainable economic growth, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has agreed to serve as Operation UNITE’s educational partner for the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit next spring. The Summit will take place April 10-12 in Florida, the heart of a prescription pill pipeline responsible for bringing approximately 60 percent of diverted drugs...

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ABC Nightline examines meth labs in KY

Methamphetamine abuse is exploding across rural America now that cooks with the right elements can set up shop virtually anywhere, and in Kentucky, meth labs have nearly tripled in the past three years. ABC Nightline National Correspondant Chris Bury and Producer Melia Patria went undercover with Operation UNITE and local law enforcement agencies in April 2011 examining the problems posed by...

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Forum addresses addiction issues

PRESTONSBURG – More than 125 professionals from across the region participated in an educational forum on addiction-related issues Saturday, November 12. The “Kentucky Medical Communities UNITED” program, hosted by Operation UNITE’s Medical Advisory Council at Allen Baptist Church, was the first of four state-wide forums to be offered through an Appalachian Regional Commission grant and...

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