2015 Summit

The 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit – held April 6-9, 2015, at The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia – drew nearly 1,400 participants from 46 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Uganda to focus on ways we can all “Make an Impact” in the fight against Rx drug abuse.


Conference programming featured thought-providing presentations by 150 experts and leaders in eight Educational Track focus areas tailored to provide stakeholders timely and relevant information for their particular field: Clinical Integration, Education & Advocacy, Law Enforcement, Pharmacy, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Third-Party Payer, Treatment and Trending Topics.


Keynote speakers included: the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Michael P. Botticelli, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Honorable Mary Fallin, Governor, State of Oklahoma; Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (RI-1st), Co-Founder, One Mind for Research, and Founder, The Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health; Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

In addition, a bi-partisan Forum of Members of the United States Congress included: the Honorable Joseph “Joe” Manchin, U.S. Senator (D-WV); the Honorable Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Representative (R-KY, 5th District), Chair, Committee on Appropriations and Founding Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse; the Honorable Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, U.S. Representative (R-GA, 1st District); the Honorable Katherine M. Clark, U.S. Representative (D-MA, 5th District), Member, Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse; the Honorable Dr. Andrew P. “Andy” Harris (R-MD, 1st District); the Honorable Evan Jenkins, U.S. Representative (R-WV, 3rd District); and the Honorable William R. “Bill” Keating, U.S. Representative (D-MA, 9th District), Member, Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse.

2015 Summit At A Glance

  • Listen to audio recordings of the Breakout sessions, watch videos of the General Session programs, and download copies of the PowerPoint presentations. Click here.
  • View photos from 2015 Summit events. Click here.
  • View photos of the 2015 Summit Expo Hall. Click here.
  • View a listing of the 2015 Session Presenters. Click here.

A total of 14 Vision Sessions were offered providing in-depth examination of innovative programs and strategies designed to mitigate and resolve issues related to Rx drug abuse across the country. Session presentations were provided by: Ameritox/Prium, Casey Family Programs, Community Ventures, Helios, Millennium Health, National Governors Association, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Pew Charitable Trusts, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – two sessions, Surgical Momentum, University of Kentucky HealthCare, U.S. Department of Health and Human services, and Young Persons in Recovery. To view details, click here.

Four public Pre-Summit Workshops were provided by HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WestCare Foundation, Inc., and a consortium on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome from the University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee and Tufts University. To view details, click here.

Eight Thought-Leader Roundtables designed around peer learning and actively encouraged participation from each attendee. Topics covered were: Engaging the Medical Community, State Strategies to Impact Rx Drug Abuse, Prevention and the Transition to Heroin, How to Use Data to Drive Down Rx Drug Abuse, Impacting Youth, Sentencing Reforms and Second Chance Opportunities, Using Holistic Approaches to Combat Rx Drug Abuse, and Rx Drug Abuse Across the Care Continuum. To view details, click here.

New in 2015 was a collaboration with Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), which held its second marijuana education conference on the Summit’s final day. To view details, click here.

The Rx Summit had five partners (education, law enforcement, research, healthcare, and economic development) and 31 event sponsors. To view list of sponsors, click here.

A total of 38 companies or organizations showcased their products or services during the Rx Summit. To view list of exhibitors, click here.

Conference attendees included: Federal and state legislators and policy makers; federal and state executive leaders; health care practitioners; pharmacists; 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; and suppliers of prescription monitoring technologies.