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Drug Courts reach milestone

Drug Courts in the UNITE service region reached a milestone in September 2017 of more than $1 million collected in child support since inception, according to a report presented to the UNITE Board of Directors in October. Overall, more than $2.48 million was collected, which includes fines, restitutions and court costs. The number of Drug Court programs increased in the Operation UNITE service...

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Examining impact of community service

Examining impact of community service

Operation UNITE was visited on Friday, October 13, by videographer Herby Smith to obtain footage for possible use in a mini-documentary series on the importance of national service and people working to change their communities. UNITE was selected as an example of the impact that federal funding for national service has had on critical issues at a local level. Click here to view...

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Messages of hope

Messages of hope

By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A large crowd gathered in the State Capitol Rotunda on Thursday afternoon (September 28, 2017) to hear a message of hope from former drug addicts as part of National Recovery Month. Billed as the “Recovery Rally in the Rotunda,” it highlighted those who have battled with addiction, as well messages from state officials. Cabinet for...

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Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisis

Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisis

FRANKFORT (9-20-17) – At one Kentucky hospital, people are actually bringing in heroin and shooting up with patients. That’s one example of the “very desperate situation” the opioid-abuse crisis has created, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson said while testifying before a panel of state legislators yesterday in the Capitol Annex. He was among more than 25 people from...

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SHND: ‘March Madness’ in June

SHND: ‘March Madness’ in June

The spring might bring “March Madness,” but the hoops really heat up in June for Operation UNITE’s Shoot Hoops Not Drugs (SHND) basketball camps. Five regional camps were held with 737 youth participants from 27 Kentucky counties and three other states (Ohio, West Virginia and South Carolina). In addition, 262 adults attended a drug education program, and 145 volunteers assisted....

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23 receive ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

23 receive ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

Twenty-three high school seniors have been selected to receive 2017 “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 private donations to Operation UNITE. “These scholarships honor youth who have excelled – not only this year, but throughout much of...

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