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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) attended the 6th annual Camp UNITE on Friday, July 27th on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Rogers spoke to the 230 middle school-aged students about dreaming big, making good choices, and pledging to live drug-free.

"Unfortunately, our young people know all too well, the effects of drug abuse, because many of them have family members or friends who abuse painkillers or other drugs,” said Congressman Rogers. "Camp UNITE is an opportunity to help students realize how much more fun life is when you don't have to worry about going to jail or overdosing on drugs."

Photo Cutline: Congressman Rogers speaks to 230 middle-schoolers at Camp UNITE

Campers had the opportunity to sign drug-free pledges before leaving their last day of camp. In recognition of their decision to live drug-free, each student received a Camp UNITE medallion to remind them they are champions.

"This is one of my favorite weeks every year. Its amazing to see the transformation in some of these kids during this camp," said Kelly. "They are the future of this region and we have to help this generation understand the vital importance of making good choices and breaking the cycle of addiction that many of them witness everyday at home."

Rogers helped launch Operation UNITE in 2003 to battle the drug epidemic in southern and eastern Kentucky. The non-profit organization utilizes a three-pronged approach to rid the region of drugs through law enforcement, helping addicts afford substance abuse treatment, and raising awareness through education in the schools and every community.