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Messages of hope

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...

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Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisis

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...

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SHND: ‘March Madness’ in June

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...

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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...

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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...

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Nearly 1.5 tons of meds collected

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...

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States to receive funding for opioid efforts

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...

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NIH announces new initiative

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...

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Surgeon General urges compassion

Surgeon General urges compassion

ATLANTA (4-18-17) – Treating pain effectively, investing in community prevention, providing proper treatment, eradicating the stigma around addiction, and eliminating stress are keys to overcoming the nation’s opioid crisis, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H....

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