Funds Approved For Operation UNITE

Included in the FY09 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, $600,000 is set-aside for the Operation UNITE voucher program which helps makes drug treatment programs affordable to low-income fifth district residents.

In addition, $550,000 will fund Operation UNITE substance abuse counselors in schools throughout southern and eastern Kentucky.

"Operation UNITE has led the way in helping our loved ones, friends and neighbors kick drug addiction and these funds will help continue these impressive efforts," stated Rogers. "If someone is serious about getting off drugs and turning his or her life around, Operation UNITE, in concert with area churches, drug programs, school counselors, and health care professionals, is there every step of the way."

Operation UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education, serves 29 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky.

The region-wide program has three main tasks: creating regional drug task forces for interdiction, confiscation and undercover operations; organizing local citizens' groups and coordinating drug treatment programs; and working with educators to expand drug awareness and education programs in local schools.

With this funding, Rogers has directed over $42 million for UNITE.

To date, UNITE detectives have confiscated over $8 million worth of drugs off the street, including more than 73,300 prescription pills, nearly 20 pounds of cocaine, and over 11 pounds of methamphetamine.

Their efforts have led to the arrests of 2,550 drug dealers and a 98% conviction rate.

Operation UNITE also provides non-violent offenders and those grappling with addiction with a second chance-over 1,590 non-violent offenders have participated in UNITE drug court programs, and more than 1,170 individuals have received vouchers for treatment.

Finally, Operation UNITE continues to educate our youth about the dangers of drug abuse; to date, 64,595 counseling sessions have taken place with UNITE substance abuse counselors.

For more information on UNITE, visit or call 866-678-6483.>

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  • by Brenda Location: Hazard on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    I have tried for years to get UNITE to investigate my neighbors to no avail.The drugs keep flowing and its non-stop day or night and they sell to all ages young or old...HEY UNITE DO SOMETHING NOW!!!!
  • by Geraldo Location: Miami on Jul 16, 2008 at 07:27 AM
    news flash, drug companies just approved 75 million advertising/marketing fund for who wins...
  • by Still not on board on Jul 16, 2008 at 05:14 AM
    Let's hope they use this money to get the big fish in the pond that are supplying the drugs. This entrapment type way their getting "trafficers" is not getting the suppliers off the streets. It's sending people to jail for selling 1 pill, let's get the ones that sell thousands of pills. Yeah the small one's should be punished too, but if we get the big ones we'll cut off the small users/sellers.
  • by Andy Location: Pikeville on Jul 16, 2008 at 04:36 AM
    Now theres a complete waste of money.Operation UNITE is an terrorest org.On the backs of the poor.
  • by Melissa Location: Bell County on Jul 16, 2008 at 02:45 AM
    There are several known drug dealers in Pineville & 119.....why do Unite and the law enforcement people do nothing about it...Pathfork.......Highway .119.......?????? Are they being paid off.....


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