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Child support payments doubled in January

The amount of child support collected by drug courts in the UNITE service region during January doubled from the previous month. This statistic was included in Operation UNITE’s monthly update on efforts to combat substance abuse in its 32-county service area. “Drug courts are so important in efforts to help those struggling with a substance use problem,” said UNITE President/CEO Nancy...

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Documentary features UNITE voices

UPDATE 2-15-17: Click here to view the documentary “Journey To Recovery” on KET. Several individuals with ties to Operation UNITE will be featured in a Kentucky Educational Television documentary that will air at 8 pm on Monday, February 13. “Journey To Recovery,” explores personal stories of triumph over addiction using various recovery programs. Among those featured in...

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KET forum addresses opioid epidemic

UPDATE 2-15-17: Click here to view “Inside Opioid Addiction” Forum on KET. Operation UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale will be featured in a special Kentucky Educational Television (KET) program, “Inside Opioid Addiction Forum,” to be aired at 9 pm on Monday, February 13. The Forum was taped before an audience featuring many from southern and eastern Kentucky at KET’s...

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Tipline, drug court restitutions increase

In December, the number of calls to the UNITE Drug Tipline increased 30 percent, and drug court fines, restitution and court costs recovered increased 37 percent, according to Operation UNITE’s monthly update on efforts to combat substance abuse in its 32-county service area. “That’s why we have a multi-pronged approach,” said UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale. “We must attack the...

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Drug Court giving back

In November, the number of community service hours from Drug Court participants almost doubled, according to Operation UNITE’s monthly update on efforts to combat substance abuse in its 32-county service area. “Drug courts are an important part of anti-drug efforts,” UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale said. “They help participants obtain treatment while encouraging them to pursue job and...

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Fatal Vision Marijuana training held

LONDON – Recreational marijuana use has been shown to impair cognitive functions on a number of levels – from basic motor coordination to more complex executive function tasks, such as the ability to plan, organize, solve problems, make decisions, remember, and control emotions and behavior. Approximately 80 members of the UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps), Kentucky National Guard, West...

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Three states, one goal

HUNTINGTON, WV – Attorneys general from three states led a conference of pastors, health care professionals, law enforcement officers and advocates to energize efforts within their states to combat drug addiction. Operation UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale participated on a panel focusing on treatment and recovery as part of the gathering, held October 27, 2016, at the New Life Church in...

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Many ways to help fight epidemic

Each month, Operation UNITE provides an update on its efforts to combat substance abuse in its 32-county service area. “It’s especially important during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month that we remind people of all the ways they can find help and all the ways they can provide help to fight this epidemic,” UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale said. “From identifying drug treatment options...

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Hacking to find solutions

The first Appalachian Health Hack-a-thon kicked off Thursday evening at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset with featured national health experts Dr. Doug Lowy, acting director of the National Cancer Institute, and Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Part of what you will be doing in the next few days is developing innovative solutions,” Lowy...

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Volunteers are making a difference

Each month, Operation UNITE provides an update on its efforts to combat substance abuse in its 32-county service area. “Together with community volunteers and leaders, Operation UNITE is making strides to make sure we help our families and youth overcome the drug epidemic and prevent people from trying drugs at all,” UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale said. “UNITE volunteers had a strong...

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