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President Barack Obama, second from right, announced new initiatives and thanked the efforts of Operation UNITE during a panel discussion at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta March 29, 2016. Panelists were, from left, Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner; Crystal Oertle, a mother in recovery from rural Ohio; and Justin Riley, President/CEO of Young People In Recovery. Moderating the panel, far right, was Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN.

President Barack Obama, second from right, announced new initiatives and thanked the efforts of Operation UNITE during a panel discussion at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta March 29, 2016. Panelists were, from left, Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner; Crystal Oertle, a mother in recovery from rural Ohio; and Justin Riley, President/CEO of Young People In Recovery. Moderating the panel, far right, was Dr. Sandjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN.

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The 2017 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit will again be held at The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA. Watch for details on how you can make a difference!

2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

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Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-5th), left, and CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden participated in the "When the Prescription Becomes the Problem" social media campaign at the 2015 Rx Summit.

Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th), left, and CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden participated in the “When the Prescription Becomes the Problem” social media campaign at the 2015 Rx Summit.

The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by Rx drug abuse and heroin use. Through this type of collaboration, your work can be more impactful in bringing solutions to this issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared a public health crisis in 2012.

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Kentucky Educational Television produced this hour-long program featuring excerpts from the fifth annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, held in Atlanta March 28-31, 2016. The program includes remarks by President Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th), U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, and an interview with Nancy Hale, President/CEO of Kentucky-based Operation UNITE.

Event Organizer

Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education, Inc.) was created in 2003 by Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers to rid communities of illegal drug use through a comprehensive approach that includes educating youth and the public, coordinating substance abuse treatment, and providing support for families and friends of substance abusers. UNITE serves a 32-county region in southern and eastern Kentucky.

National Advisory Board

Members of the Summit’s National Advisory Board guide program development and conference offerings. The Summit has partnered with Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) to identify, design and deliver cutting-edge Continuing Education programs for conference attendees.