Operation UNITE was launched in 2003 by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers to fight the drug epidemic in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, an area dubbed as a national epicenter for prescription drug abuse by media outlets. The name UNITE is an acronym, meaning Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education. It reflects the three-pronged, comprehensive approach deemed necessary to combating substance abuse in Kentucky.
To date, UNITE detectives have removed over $12 million worth of drugs off the street, including more than 112,000 prescription pills, more than 23 pounds of cocaine, over 470 pounds of processed marijuana and over 11.80 pounds of methamphetamine. Their efforts have led to the arrests of nearly 4,000 drug dealers and a 97.1% conviction rate. Operation UNITE has provided vouchers to more than 2,700 people to help pay for short-term or long-term treatment of substance abuse issues. In addition, UNITE's youth initiatives have reached more than 73,000 children.
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