Karen Kelly, Director of Operation UNITE, says, in southern and eastern Kentucky the average age of first-time drug use is age 11. Kelly says the majority of youth who experiment with prescription drugs for the first time obtain these drugs from family members or friend's of family member without consent, making them an 'accidental dealer." UNITE is set to launch a new initiative to raise awareness about the need to properly secure over-the-counter and prescription medications. The Accidental Dealer Community Campaign will be implemented from January through March and will specifically target parents, grandparents and other caregivers.
UNITE will hold meetings in four counties at the following dates and locations:
Martin County - January 13 - 6 p.m. - Roy F. Collier Community Center in Inez
Floyd County - January 7 - 9:30 a.m. - Big Sandy Area Development District in Prestonsburg
Johnson County - January 10 - 12 p.m. - Paintsville Recreation Center in Paintsville
Lawrence County - January 13 - 6 p.m. - Lawrence County Community Center in Louisa
To learn more about the meeting or about the campaign, contact Ashley Shepard at 606.213.3556 or visit www.operationunite.org.