Recent News

Smoot to replace Kelly as UNITE CEO

LONDON – Dan Smoot, who has been part of the Operation UNITE team since its inception a decade ago, will step up to lead the organization effective May 15. The UNITE Board of Directors voted Tuesday, April 30, to elevate Smoot to President and Chief Executive Officer....

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1,200 lbs of drugs collected in UNITE region

In just a single day, citizens across southern and eastern Kentucky have doubled the amount of unwanted or unused medications returned for safe disposal. On Saturday, April 27, Operation UNITE partnered with local anti-drug coalitions, the Kentucky State Police, and...

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Food City to host Rx drug collection sites

Food City has partnered with Operation UNITE to collect and safely dispose of unwanted or unused medications on Saturday, April 27 – National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Six Food City Pharmacy locations in five counties will accept medications from residents...

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Kelly named Hal Rogers’ District Director

SOMERSET, KY - U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced Thursday, April 11, that the Director of Operation UNITE, Karen Kelly, will be joining his Fifth Congressional District Staff as District Director effective May 15, 2013. Concurrently, Rogers' District...

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Summit focused national attention on Rx drug abuse

Summit focused national attention on Rx drug abuse

CHAMPIONSGATE, FL – A national outcry about the human cost of prescription drug abuse is needed if efforts to stop this national epidemic are to be successful, participants at the second National Rx Drug Abuse Summit were told. “When are we going to take it seriously,...

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Magoffin drug trafficking arrests

SALYERSVILLE – Three people face drug charges following an Operation UNITE investigation into prescription pills being brought into Magoffin County from Ohio. Elliot Gipson, 32, and his wife, 39-year-old Erma Gipson, both of Lima, Ohio, were arrested by UNITE...

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Medical symposia offered on Rx drug problem

Medical symposia offered on Rx drug problem

Symposia to educate medical providers about prescription drug abuse and diversion will be conducted at four locations across Kentucky this spring. These free “Kentucky Medical Communities UNITEd” forums – presented by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Kentucky...

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Lee drug RU marks 4,000th UNITE arrest

Lee drug RU marks 4,000th UNITE arrest

BEATTYVILLE – Operation UNITE made its 4,000th drug-related arrest during a roundup of suspected dealers in Lee County on Friday, February 22. “This is a significant milestone for UNITE’s Law Enforcement Drug Task Force,” said Paul Hays, UNITE law enforcement...

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