National Rx Drug Abuse Summit Focused National Attention, Efforts on Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse Issues

ROUND PILLSThis article provides an excellent recap of the second National Rx Drug Abuse Summit held April 2-4, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. Nearly 900 people from 49 states and two other countries attended the conference.

“A national outcry about the human cost of prescription drug abuse is needed if efforts to stop this national epidemic are to be successful. People of great passion and perspective are here wanting to make an impact in their communities,” said Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th), chair of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, whose efforts to address prescription drug abuse have been recognized nationally.

“The first step is we have to admit there is a problem,” said Rogers, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. “I don’t think the country is there yet. We’ve got to face up to it. We’ve got to make this known … and that we’re not going to hide from it.”

Source: – April 12, 2013