Multi-county, broad-based prevention initiative focusing on youth education, community coalitions, entry into treatment, and drug investigations
Since 2004, Operation UNITE serves 32 counties in Southeastern Kentucky through a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to substance misuse.
Major initiatives include:
- school-based and community prevention education programs
- county-based coalitions
- facilitating entry into treatment
- narcotics investigations
A wide variety of student and youth education programs are offered, many focusing on sports and other recreational activities.
UNITE also initiates and supports a yearly national conference on responses to the opioid crisis (the Rx Summit) which presents research and innovative approaches across the continuum of care.
More information on Operation UNITE can be found in the presentation here.
Operation UNITE had a significant impact on reducing prescription opioid-related poison center calls.