2015 eNewsletter

View back issues of newsletters sent out for the 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit by clicking the links.

  • Vol. 4, Issue 21, June 11, 2015 – Save the date for 2016 Rx Summit; Hepatitis C infections soaring, fueled by prescription drug abuse; Massachusetts town takes new approach to opiate addiction; Opinion: A national prescription drug database to combat addiction; Poor residents benefit from Oklahoma county’s medicine recycling
  • Vol. 4, Issue 21, April 24, 2015 – Claim your continuing education credits; Changing the conversation about substance use disorders; Shatterproofing lives: Rappelling event will take addiction awareness to new heights; Parents urge Maine lawmakers to allow medical marijuana in schools; Kentucky officials hope drugs can help drug addicts
  • News Release, April 8, 2015 – Drug fight ‘an American issue’
  • News Release, April 8, 2015 – Reducing overdose deaths a top concern in drug effort
  • News Release, April 7, 2014 – ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl honored for ‘vision’ in drug fight; Patrick Kennedy urges support for mental health, addiction services.
  • News Release, April 7, 2014 – Federal leaders advance efforts to curb drug abuse at national summit.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 20, April 2, 2015 – Congressman Hal Rogers reflects on successes, benefits of Rx Summit; FDA targets opioid drug abuse with guidelines aimed at manufacturers; FedEx defends shipments as protected by common carrier law; Amid crisis, states expand access to opioid rescue drug; Maine’s Diversion Alert provides another tool to healthcare workers.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 19, March 26, 2015 – CDC to launch new social media campaign at Rx Summit, attendees can be included; Many continuing education credits offered; Challenges, red flag warning signs when prescribing, dispensing controlled substances; ASAM Report: Performance Measures for the Addiction Specialist Physician; DEA: Outcome of search at Lynchburg hospital not expected until summer; Legislative and medication trends impacting third-party payers.
  • News Release, March 17, 2015 – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to provide welcome keynote.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 18, March 12, 2015 – 14 Vision Sessions will examine innovative programs and strategies; The legal drug epidemic – Pain medications are killing a shocking number of Americans; The psychological and physical side effects of pain medications; Bill would fund drug addiction fight; In pill mill case, insurers don’t have to defend drugmakers.
  • News Release, March 10, 2015 – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin to provide keynote address
  • Vol. 4, Issue 17, March 5, 2015 – CDC Director Frieden, NIDA Director Volkow to present on Wednesday; Arrive early Monday and participate in the Pre-Summit Workshops; Program helps drug addicts keep their babies; Study: Use of stronger opioid painkillers may be on the rise; Psychiatric drug overuse is cited by federal study; Commentary: Rx drug abuse can be stopped by family, legislators, manufacturers.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 16, February 26, 2015 – Patrick Kennedy to provide Tuesday evening keynote address; A Q&A with Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval, a Summit attendee; Hooked: Athletes and Rx Addiction; Increased focus on overdose prevention, education urged; “A Nation In Pain” – a report from Express Scripts; Study: Patients with substance abuse history are more likely to abuse therapeutic opioids.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 15, February 19, 2015 – Feb. 28 last day to receive discounts for attending Rx Summit and SAM conference; Viewpoint: Put emphasis on preventing opiate addiction; Senate unanimously confirms Michael Botticelli as director of ONDCP; Drug Courts choose medical science over profits and ideology; Pot-related calls to poison control centers grow in Washington and Colorado; How America is making painkiller abuse even worse; Heroin treatment Suboxone exposes divide between medical community, policy makers.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 14, February 12, 2015 – HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell among opening session keynote speakers; Nancy Hale named UNITE president/CEO; FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to step down in March; Governor: Legalizing pot was a bad idea; Clinton Foundation helping make anti-overdose drug more affordable; Losing marijuana business, Mexican cartels pushing heroin, meth; RxStat releases Technical Assistance Manual.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 13, February 5, 2015 – 48 Breakout Sessions in 8 focus areas featured during Summit; Heroin-linked deaths surge 39 percent, CDC finds; CDC urges caution on opioid prescribing on young women; Alcohol, pot fuel half of young driver deaths, report finds; VA announcement a new front in fight against chronic pain among veterans; Many people with mental illness also suffer from addiction.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 12, January 22, 2015 – Session focus: PDMP reports “A Death Diary;” Painkiller-addicted babies in Texas pose painful, costly problem; Painkiller abuse a cyclical problem; FDA reviews risk of pain meds during pregnancy; Doctors: painkiller meds overprescribed, but not by me; Odd byproduct of legal marijuana: homes that blow up.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 11, January 16, 2015 – Draft agenda for Rx Summit announced; Extend your stay for separate day?long conference focusing on marijuana issues; Record number of Ohioans dying of drug overdoses; The drugs that companies promote to doctors are rarely breakthroughs; Judge orders lawsuit against pain pill manufacturers to continue; AG-elect forming task force to hone in on heroin, Rx drug abuse; Lawsuit seeks to make drugmaker pay for OxyContin abuse.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 10, December 4, 2014 – Sponsors, exhibitors continue to grow; Using doctors with troubled pasts to market a painkiller; Survey finds many positive aspects to recovery; Under Obamacare, mental health is lacking; Webinar – Workers Compensation: Managing Rx painkiller misuse; Rx painkiller deaths in U.S. finally drop.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 9, November 20, 2014 – Sponsors, exhibitors make Summit possible; Scientists close in on non-addictive opioid painkillers; WHO recommends naloxone to prevent 20,000 overdose deaths in U.S.; Students in Colorado using vapor pens to smoke marijuana; DEA files civil action against New York physician for issuing prescriptions without a legitimate medical need; California voters deal blow to prisons, drug war.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 8, November 11, 2014 – Next early-bird discount deadline is Nov. 30; Mayors at meth summit call for medication controls; What no one is saying about marijuana; The back pain pills that many doctors won’t recommend anymore; Expert: Theft of drugs by hospital workers can lead to infected patients, poor performance; Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act (fact sheets).
  • Vol. 4, Issue 7, October 23, 2014 – Advisory Board expands to 17 members; Purdue says Kentucky lawsuit over OxyContin could be devastating; Chronic pain malpractice claims on the rise; Despite DEA accommodation, many pharmacies prohibit Hydrocodone refills; Family creates haunted house to fight addiction; Pain management and addiction: The dentist’s role.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 6, October 16, 2014 – Summit will be held at The Westin; National Safety Council: OTC pain medications are more effective for acute pain than prescribed painkillers; Bypassing pharmacies boosts workers’ comp prescription costs in Pennsylvania; Hospital, insurers launch recovery center for drug-addicted pregnant women; Feds take aim at prescribers in pill mill case; Paying for detox to address opioid epidemic.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 5, October 9, 2014 – Presentations under review – Rx Summit now less than 6 months away; Express Scripts excludes Zohydro from coverage; AAN warns against opioids in chronic noncancer pain; More older Americans struggling with abuse; Reversing the Rx drug abuse epidemic; White America’s drug problem is getting worse.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 4, September 25, 2014 – Last opportunity to submit presentation proposals; Big cities take aim at prescription painkillers; AMA releases fact sheet on new hydrocodone rule; CDC: Rx painkiller deaths slowing down; Heavier teen pot smoking linked to problems in young adults; DEA’s National Rx Drug Take-Back Day is Sept. 27.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 3, September 11, 2014 – Two weeks remain to submit presentation ideas; DEA to allow return of unused pills to pharmacies; Opioid prescription should include risk assessment; New drug czar tackles weed, Rx pain pills; Dealers inject business school basics in selling heroin; Adam’s story: When Rx drugs are deadly.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 2, September 4, 2014 – Presentation ideas sought for 2015 Summit; Lawsuits filed over painkiller marketing; Company wins new trial in drug testing policy case; Opioid diversion case puts hospitals on alert; Treatment Court gives addicted vets second change; Sleeping aid linked to doubling of ED visits.
  • Vol. 4, Issue 1, August 26, 2014 – Registration opens; DEA increases restrictions on Rx painkillers; CDC: Opioid prescribing varies widely by state; Missouri alone in resisting Rx drug database; Marijuana poses greater risk than many realize; 2014 National Drug Control Policy.