Information about the 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit will be announced soon.
Nearly 900 people from 49 states and two other countries participated in the 2013 Rx Summit, held April 2-4, 2013, in Orlando, Florida, and focused on ways we can all Make an Impact in the fight against prescription drug abuse. Recurring themes highlighted by presenters at the Summit included: the need to provide better education about drug abuse and diversion, especially for prescribers; greater use and seamless integration of state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs; identifying and sharing best-practice solutions; openly admitting problems to facilitate provision of effective treatment and recovery programs; and adequately treating pain without over-prescribing narcotics that lack abuse-deterrent formulations. Read article about the 2013 Summit.
- For PowerPoint presentations and audio from the breakout sessions click here.
- View photos from the 2013 Rx Summit.
The 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. 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.
Who Should Attend the Summits?
Presence at this national Summit signifies a firm commitment to meaningful dialogue and cooperation in addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic in our country. Conference attendees will include:
- Federal and state legislators and policy makers
- Federal and state executive leaders
- Health care practitioners
- Certified substance abuse counselors and recovery specialists
- Law enforcement personnel
- Treatment facility managers
- Advocates, families, and patients working to increase awareness and effect change
- Pharmaceutical executives
- Prominent academicians and researchers
- Government officials tasked with regulatory oversight
- Insurance payers and benefits managers
- Suppliers of prescription monitoring technologies
For more information about the Summit contact:
National Advisory Board
The National Advisory Board was expanded for 2013. Members guided program development and conference offerings. Once again, the Summit partnered with Inquisit, to identify, design and deliver cutting-edge Continuing Education programs for conference attendees.
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.