Aug 17 2009
U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) applauding Operation UNITE and their efforts to fight against drugs:
“Hello. This is Congressman Hal Rogers:
“Southern and Eastern Kentucky have been hit hard by the epidemic of drug abuse. Thankfully, Operation UNITE has been able to tackle the problems of addiction by taking dealers off our streets, treating those who are addicted and educating our families and youth.
“Since UNITE was founded in 2003, I am proud to say that I have secured nearly 49 million dollars to fight the war against drugs right here in southeastern Kentucky, including $6.5 million in new funds that are pending approval in the current federal budget.
“These dollars are making a difference.
“More than 3,000 drug dealers have been put in jail.
“More than 8 million dollars of illegal drugs have been taken off our streets.
“Nearly 2,000 individuals have been given an opportunity to seek treatment for their deadly addiction.
“30 new drug courts are now helping cure hopeless addicts.
“UNITE clubs and youth programs are in our schools to protect and educate our children.
“Today, I want to encourage you to continue the battle against drugs and to remain hopeful that we will succeed in this fight. To learn more about Operation UNITE, log on to w-w-w-dot-operation-unite-dot-org.”