Press Release

22 students awarded scholarships

Twenty-two high school seniors have been selected to receive 2018 “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $33,000 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...

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Vouchers helped Drug Court grads

SOMERSET – “I felt like there was no hope, that I would always be an addict,” said Aaron “Cody” O’Connor, reflecting on his return to jail a few years ago after failing a Drug Court drug screening. “I (finally) realized I wanted help, I just didn’t know how to get it.” Upon qualifying for an Operation UNITE Treatment Voucher, O’Connor was able to enter long-term residential...

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Show focuses on opioids in rural America

UPDATE 3-13-13: Click here to watch the program. UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale and Clay Countians UNITED Co-Chair John “Boo” Smith were interviewed Wednesday, March 7, by RFD TV Anchor Janet Adkison for a segment to be included in a live television program airing Monday, March 12. Tune in at 8 p.m. (ET) for “Rural America Live – Crisis in the Heartland: The Opioid...

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‘Angel Initiative’ launched statewide

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley were alongside Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders as the Angel Initiative was launched statewide on March 1, 2018. View photos from the announcement.   The Angel Initiative is a pro-active approach offering an alternative escape to those battling substance...

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‘Opioids in Appalachia’

A new report exploring the best practices for communicating about opioids in the Appalachian Region has been released by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). From January to June 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and ORAU conducted interviews with subject matter...

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Hale praises support from ARC

Nancy Hale, President & CEO of Operation UNITE, was asked to present testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, hearing entitled “The Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: Addressing Hurdles to Economic Development in the Region.” Other witnesses included The...

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1,800 pounds of meds collected

Operation UNITE collected 1,844 pounds of unwanted or expired medications as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 28, 2017. This represents 15.4 percent of the 11,920 pounds collected statewide. Since 2012, UNITE has collected and properly disposed of 21,298 pounds (10.6 tons) of medications. You can turn in medications anytime...

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KY HELP line now available

UPDATE: The KY HELP Call Center went live at 8:30 am on Friday, December 1. FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2017) – The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE are launching a new substance abuse call center that will connect people across the state with drug treatment, Governor Matt Bevin announced today. Starting December 1, Kentuckians struggling with a substance use...

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Forums to focus on addiction, recovery

Two free public forums focusing on substance use addiction and recovery solutions will be held on November 13 and 14. Both events will feature Dr. Al J. Mooney, internationally-recognized author of the best-seller, “The Recovery Book.” Monday’s forum will begin at 4 pm in the Corbin Public Library with refreshments, informational displays on local treatment and recovery resources, as well...

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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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