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Sheldon Compton

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PRESTONSBURG Operation UNITE is continuing its efforts to bring awareness to area residents to property secure their medications at home. Failure to do so, UNITE officials say, can result in these innocent individuals becoming what they are calling accidental dealers.
Floyd County officials are set to launch a program raising awareness about the need to properly secure medications. This launch will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, at the Big Sandy Area Development District offices located on 100 Resource Drive in Prestonsburg.
The majority of youth who experiment with prescription drugs for the first time obtain these drugs from family members or friends family members without consent, making them an accidental dealer, said Karen Kelly, director of Operation UNITE. In southern and Eastern Kentucky the average age of first-time drug use is age 11, so this is a particularly critical issue.
What will be called the Accidental Dealer Community Campaign will be implemented from January through March and specifically target parents, grandparents and other caregivers.
We are in dire need of volunteers to help spread the word about the dangers of being an accidental dealer, Kelly said. Volunteers are needed to assist with very specific tasks leading up to a community-wide awareness event.
During the one-hour meeting on Jan. 7 a UNITE representative will explain the various components of the campaign, provide all materials needed to carry it out, and assist the local coalition begin the organizational process, according to UNITE spokeswoman Debbie Trusty.
To learn more about the meeting or about the campaign, contact Trusty at (606) 889-0422 or dtrusty@centertech.com, or visit the UNITE website at www.operationunite.org.
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