No corner of our region is immune from drugs.
And in eastern Kentucky - the group Operation U.N.I.T.E. uses a team approach to target drug activity through education and law enforcement. Members of the Johnson County U.N.I.T.E. coalition work to educate not only adults, but students in high school and junior high about the dangers of drugs.
Joshua Huffman, a young man from Pikeville, says, “That was the reason I chose prescription drugs. I could still go to school. I could still work. I graduated with a 3.4 GPA. I overdosed, taking my semester exam in English class. I finished high school a severe drug addict.”
Huffman started using in junior high - and today, he teaches students about the dangers of drug use. He says, “That's the group I try to focus on. I think prevention is the key.”
The U.N.I.T.E Coalition plans to hold an open community drug forum at the end of the month.