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Prescription abuse summit will be solution-oriented

April 5, 2012
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Florida serves as backdrop for stakeholders’ conference

Treatment professionals, national and state policy leaders, and law enforcement officials will be among those convening in Florida this month for an event that organizers vow will take a solution-focused approach to the subject of rampant prescription drug abuse nationally.

The inaugural National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, to be held April 10-12 in Orlando, is intended to encourage cooperation among stakeholders and to highlight important milestones in combating prescription drug abuse. The event organizer, the Kentucky-based anti-drug coordinating organization Operation UNITE, likely is not well-known to many outside that state, but supporting organizations for the summit include groups such as the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

Keynote presenters at the event include National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Nora D. Volkow, MD, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who will discuss the aggressive moves her state has taken to shed its title as the nation’s “pill mill” capital. According to a statement from conference organizers, “Bondi will share the tough new laws and administrative penalties that have helped shut down pill mills in Florida, and what is next on the horizon in the fight against prescription drug abuse.”

Bondi also will moderate a summit forum involving four members of the U.S. Congress who serve on the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse; the panelists include caucus co-founders Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.).

Five select sessions at the summit will examine innovative efforts designed to educate and to resolve issues related to prescription drug abuse.

For more information about the event, visit www.nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org.

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