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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

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

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

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

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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Summit, coalition activities highlight busy April

The centerpiece of Operation UNITE’s activities in April was serving as educational adviser for the 2017 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta. More than 2,400 people from 48 states plus the District of Columbia and four countries registered for Summit. It is the largest national collaboration of federal, state and local professionals seeking to address prescription drug abuse, misuse and...

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Nearly 1.5 tons of meds collected

LONDON – Nearly 1.5 tons of medications were collected by Operation UNITE as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. “This was the largest amount of pills that have been brought in for disposal by citizens across southern and eastern Kentucky,” said Nancy Hale, president and CEO of UNITE. “According to the National Institute on...

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States to receive funding for opioid efforts

ATLANTA (4-18-17) – Letters are in the mail to governors of all states and U.S. territories informing them that $485 million in grants have been awarded for evidence-based initiatives through the 21st Century Cures Act, Tom Price, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced Wednesday evening at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. “There is no miracle...

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NIH announces new initiative

ATLANTA (4-18-17) – America currently lacks “safe, effective, non-addictive strategies” to combat the opioid epidemic, Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told attendees to the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Wednesday morning. “Our list of options is woefully short.” Collins announced plans to jump-start research through formation of...

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Summit takes international focus

ATLANTA (4-18-17) – The 6th National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit expds with an international focus on the influx of illegal drugs flowing from foreign countries into the United States. The second morning of the summit, attended by nearly 2,400 people, kicked off with a keynote address from Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and...

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