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Rogers leads nation’s largest movement to address opioid epidemic

ATLANTA, GA – The eighth annual National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit kicked off Monday, April 22, in Atlanta, Georgia, bringing together a record crowd of more than 3,500 people from across the country to address the public health crisis on opioids. The four-day conference was launched by Congressman Hal Rogers and Operation UNITE in 2012 to drive life-saving solutions and end the deadly...

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President, First Lady to speak at Rx Summit

ATLANTA, GA (April 16, 2019) – President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have accepted an invitation from Congressman Hal Rogers and Operation UNITE to join them at the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 24. The annual Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit continues to lead the way toward better policies and practices to save lives and address the national...

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RESTORE to help courts address opioid crisis

FRANKFORT — A new initiative to help Kentucky’s court system better address the state’s opioid epidemic was announced Thursday, April 11, 2019, by the Kentucky Court of Justice. RESTORE (Responsive Education to Support Treatment in Opioid Recovery Efforts) is a collaborative effort between the Judicial and Executive branches of state government, along with community organizations...

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Summit opens with record attendance

ATLANTA (April 23, 2019) — The Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit opened its eighth annual conference yesterday with a record attendance of more than 3,500 people in Atlanta. Opening session speakers focused on collaboration from a variety of professions and signs that this work is yielding results. The Rx Summit kicked off with remarks from Congressman Hal Rogers, Kentucky’s 5th...

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Youth highlighted at education summit

Operation UNITE, UNITE Clubs, and the KY HELP Statewide Call Center were featured during the SOAR “Turn The Tide” Substance Use Disorder Provider Education Seminar held at University of Pikeville on October 24, 2018. The day-long program featured: An over of Operation UNITE from Deputy Director Tom Vicini; stories of addiction from “I Am UNITE” scholarship recipients...

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Grant awarded to expand access to treatment, recovery

WASHINGTON, DC (9-21-18) — Federal funding will soon help more Eastern Kentuckians gain access to substance abuse treatment and recovery support. U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced a $250,000 grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Operation UNITE, a non-profit organization that Congressman Rogers launched in 2003 to combat the...

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SOAR Summit highlights successes

PIKEVILLE (8-31-18) – Celebrating the organization’s 5th anniversary, U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin welcomed more than 1,100 attendees to the annual SOAR Summit at the East Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville, applauding federal, state and local leaders for overcoming early challenges to drive successful efforts inspired by Shaping Our...

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September declared ‘Recovery Month’

PIKEVILLE (July 31, 2018) – September has been declared “Recovery Month” in Kentucky. Governor Matt Bevin, in signing the proclamation Friday, said he wanted “to encourage more people to seek and embark on a path of recovery.” Joining the governor at the East Kentucky Expo Center during the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) fifth annual summit, were U.S. Fifth District Congressman...

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54 AmeriCorps members to serve with UNITE

Updated 8-28-18 Operation UNITE has been awarded funding to place 54 Serve Kentucky AmeriCorps members in elementary schools across southern and eastern Kentucky during the 2018-19 school year. Through a $658,800 grant from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps members serving with UNITE will provide math tutoring, drug prevention and healthy living...

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First Lady to campers: Use your voice

WILLIAMSBURG (7-26-18) – Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States, encouraged the 229 youth attending Camp UNITE to make the right choice by staying away from drugs and alcohol in a video message presented on the leadership/adventure program’s final night. “Your positive impact can be so powerful,” Mrs. Trump said. “With your voice, you have the ability to stand up...

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