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Hammons honored for volunteerism

Hammons honored for volunteerism

FRANKFORT (5-30-18) – Benji Hammons, a former UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) member, received the National Service Alumni Award for her volunteer and service contributions at the 23rd Annual Kentucky Governor’s Service Awards Wednesday, May 30, at the...

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22 students awarded scholarships

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...

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Vouchers helped Drug Court grads

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...

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Show focuses on opioids in rural America

Show focuses on opioids in rural America

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...

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‘Angel Initiative’ launched statewide

‘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. The Angel Initiative is a...

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‘Opioids in Appalachia’

‘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...

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Hale praises support from ARC

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...

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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,...

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KY HELP line now available

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...

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