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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...

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Hacking to find solutions

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...

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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...

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StoryCorps: Cooper-Rovero

"When you experience such tragedy and loss and you're just trying to survive, you were my lifeboat..."   Amy Cooper and April Rovero, mothers who both lost sons to prescription drug abuse, talk about their friendship and the importance of advocacy work in helping...

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StoryCorps: Perry

"He had a heart of gold. If someone wanted something, he'd give you the shirt off his back..."   Karen Perry talks about losing her son, Richie, to a heroin overdose with her daughter-in-law, Kristen Perry. Karen Perry helped found the NOPE (Narcotics Overdose...

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StoryCorps: Falkinburg-Volkow

"There was just so little understanding of addiction and alcoholism, and especially for youth and young people..."   Kimber Lee Falkinburg talks with Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about her addiction and eventual recovery. Ms....

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StoryCorps: Cook-Saunders

"These babies were carrying the flag of the substance abuse problem in the United States..."   Friends Kyle Cook and Carla Saunders, both neonatal nurse practitioners at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, talk about their pioneering work specializing in neonatal...

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StoryCorps: White-Elswick

"At that time in my life, I can only describe that as I was a forest fire burning out of control..."   Tony White, Program Director of the Morehead Intervention Center of Pathways, Inc., discusses his journey from addiction to long-term recovery and the work he...

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StoryCorps: Rogers-Handy

"They were alleging that we had widespread abuse of Oxycontin. I didn't believe it..."   Kentucky 5th District Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers tells his friend Tom Handy why he founded Operation UNITE, a first of its kind effort at combating painkiller abuse in...

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