Summit Select Sessions provide an in-depth examination of innovative programs and strategies designed to educate, mitigate and resolve issues related to prescription drug abuse across the country. Participants will have an opportunity to engage leaders from organizations focused on prevention, intervention, policy development, health care, law enforcement, economic development and coalition-building in an open discussion on these specific topic areas. These sessions will outline new strategies stakeholders may implement to combat prescription drug abuse on multiple fronts.
|Tuesday, April 10, 2012 / 8:00 am – 9:00 am|
|Appalachian Regional Commission|
|Session Description||Welcome to the Appalachian Delegation
Warm up for the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit by sharing conversation and a cup of coffee with fellow attendees from the 13 Appalachian states. Congressman Nick J. Rahall II (WV-3rd) and his staff, along with staff from the Appalachian Regional Commission, will be available to meet and greet all comers.
The ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state and local government. ARC’s mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in a 205,000-square mile area spanning 420 counties in 13 states.
|White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)|
|Session Description||Implementing the National Drug Control Strategy
The 2011 National Drug Control Strategy serves as the nation’s blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences through a collaborative, balanced and science-based approach. This session will share best practices and lessons learned on all four pillars of the prescription drug strategy – education, monitoring, disposal and enforcement – at the state and local levels.
The 2011 National Drug Control Strategy emphasizes drug prevention and early intervention programs in health care settings, diverting non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail, funding more scientific research on drug use, expanding access to substance abuse treatment, and supporting those in recovery. Learn from officials with the Office of National Drug Control Policy how government and community leaders are fighting this epidemic and steps that can be taken in your own communities.
|Session Description||Engaging Communities
Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) works to rid communities of illegal drug use – particularly prescription drug abuse – through a synergism of youth and community education initiatives, coordinating treatment for substance abusers along with providing family support, and coordinated multi-level narcotic investigations. UNITE’s goal is to educate and activate individuals by developing and empowering community coalitions to no longer accept or tolerate the drug culture.
As your Summit host, UNITE wants to build lasting partnerships and participate in information-sharing about best practices taking place across the country. Meet our team members and learn about several of our educational kits that are easy to implement in any community.
|The Partnership at Drugfree.org|
|Session Description||Changing The Public’s Behavior Around Medicine Abuse
The need for a research-based and sustained national prevention effort designed to reduce medicine abuse behavior has been well documented, most significantly by the ONDCP’s 2011 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan calling for a campaign to educate parents, youth, patients and prescribers.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org and a collection of committed partners will undertake a major step toward this goal with an intensive week-long nationwide program this Fall. All major organizations with a stake – and an important role to play – in preventing medicine abuse will be enlisted to join in a concerted national education effort and call to action. The campaign has five primary goals:
During this session you will learn more about this effort and how your organization and constituencies can participate. There will be an open discussion of ideas about how to maximize stakeholder involvement, a presentation on the positive impact of substance abuse public education campaigns, and discussion on how to avoid shortcomings of these campaigns.
|Thursday, April 12, 2012 / 8:00 am – 9:15 am|
|Appalachian Regional Commission Roundtable|
|Moderators||Congressman Nick J. Rahall II, U.S. Representative, West Virginia 3rd District; and Earl F. Gohl, federal Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission|
|Panelists||Mary Haag, President/CEO, Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati; Dr. Sarah T. Melton, PharmD, BCACP, BEPP, CGP, FASCP, Executive Committee Chair, OneCare of Southwest Virginia, Inc.; Hon. Jackie L. Steele, Jr., Commonwealth Attorney, Kentucky’s 27th Judicial Circuit, and Board Member, Operation UNITE|
|Session Description||Mobilizing Regional Solutions to Substance Abuse
Community groups play an important role in combating substance, but how can they leverage their local efforts to gain regional results? Congressman Rahall will lead a round-robin discussion with three representatives from successful regional substance abuse organizations.
• Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati uses a multifaceted set of programs, policies and evidence-based practices designed to engage all parts of society and aimed at creating an environment for your youth that is intentionally drug-free. Their service area includes portions of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
• OneCare of Southwest Virginia serves a 17-county area. The organization is committed to decreasing substance abuse and misuse – and related social, economic and health factors – through planning, policy, data and advocacy.
• Operation UNITE works to rid communities of illegal drug use through undercover narcotics investigations, coordinating treatment for substance abusers, providing support to families and friends of substance abusers, and educating the public about the dangers of using drugs.
|Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence|
|Session Description||Drug-Impaired Driving
The Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD) and Safe Behind the Wheel (Safe BTW) will lead a discussion to address drug-impaired driving in the context of the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. Conversation will focus on how to identify drug-impaired drivers and how to distinguish mere medication use from actual cognitive impairment.
CLAAD is a national coalition whose mission is to identify and advance policies to prevent the diversion, misuse and abuse of prescription medications while protecting patient access to care. Safe BTW (formerly the Coalition to End Needless Death on Our Roadways) is a national coalition founded by health care providers to develop and promote innovative strategies to address alcohol- and drug-impaired, distracted and drowsy driving.
|Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Center for Excellence, Brandeis University|
|Panelists||Thomas Clark, Clearing House Manager, PMP Center for Excellence, Brandeis University; David R. Hopkins, KASPER Program Manager, Office of the Inspector General, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services; and Leonard Young, MS, MA, Epidemiologist, Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Prescription Monitoring Program.|
|Moderator||Peter Kreiner, PhD, Research Scientist, Institute for Behavioral Health, Brandeis University|
|Session Description||To date, 48 states and one US territory have enacted Prescription Monitoring Programs (PMP) legislation. Forty states have operational PMPs and others are planning on becoming operational in 2012. This session will discuss the current capabilities and contributions of PMPs, developments in using PMP data to identify emerging trends in prescription drug abuse, and results of a geospatial study of predictors for rates of opioid overdose cases and implications for prevention.
Participants will learn about the next generation of PMPs, and innovations under development, including new ways to distribute data to users and processes for advising prescribers and other users about persons who may be inappropriately or illegally obtaining prescription drugs.
|Learning Objectives||1. Explain the current capabilities and contributions of PMPs.
2. Describe ways PMP data can be used to predict patterns of opioid overdoses and how this can be used to target prevention efforts.
3. Evaluate the benefits of unsolicited reporting as a means to reduce drug abuse.
|RAMM Technologies, LLC|
|Presenters||Dr. Anthony McEldowney, Founder, RAMM Technologies; and Roger Hayes, CEO, RAMM Technologies|
|Session Description||An Innovative Dispensing Alternative
Concern about the widespread abuse and diversion of controlled medications led a group of doctors to examine options for dispensing these substances. They wanted to ensure patients followed physician recommendations while decreasing the chances of accidental or intentional over-medication and diversion. The result – a revolutionary new method of dispensing controlled substances in a lockable, programmable, tamper evident dispenser called the PillGuard.
Current pain relievers and dispensing methods will be discussed from a physician’s perspective. In addition, learn how the innovative PillGuard offers an additional line of defense and can help alleviate the complex problems and the human tragedy associated with prescription drug abuse.