Hale, who worked in the local school system for 34 years, started a UNITE chapter at Rockcastle County High.
"It really got to the point where we were sick and tired of going to funerals," Hale said. "We were tired of having kids come in and not being able to sit through physics class because they were worried about Mom who had overdosed. So we were like, 'What can we do? How can we help these families?'"
One way UNITE helps is by educating and counseling children who are having problems at home related to addiction. The group also empowers children like Bradshaw to speak out about their own loss.
"I know that a lot of kids deal with drug abuse from their parents," said Bradshaw. "I don't know how many have lost parents, but I know a lot of kids definitely deal with that going home every day. I think right now we're definitely at a point where everybody needs to know about it and how it affects everybody."
"It's time for it to stop," said Kelly. "It's leaving our communities in shreds and we're left behind to pick up the pieces from that."
Advocates such as Hale and Kelly are desperate for an intervention to reach the thousands of children who are not being helped by programs like UNITE.
Watkins said that the pain of having no parents is something that he will deal with for the rest of his life.
"People have to understand that this is a problem," he said. "It doesn't affect just the person that uses, it affects the entire family."