Rogers, UNITE takes drug abuse issues back to national stage

Special to the Mountain Advocate

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Operation UNITE will put the drug abuse issue back in the national spotlight during the 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta, Georgia on April 6-9, 2015.

More than 1,000 people from across the U.S. have already registered for the event featuring national leaders at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

“Over the last 12 years, UNITE’s holistic approach to the drug abuse epidemic has evolved into a national model, allowing this small, non-profit organization in Kentucky to engage in the discussion with national leaders and help save lives across the country,” said Rogers who helped launch UNITE in 2003. “This is the fourth consecutive year for the Summit and it’s shaping up to be another impressive week that will influence policy makers, community leaders and families searching for help.”

Keynote speakers will include the Hon. Sylvia Matthews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy; Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Instute on Drug Abuse; Gen. Barry McCaffrey, National Security/Terrorism Analyst; U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV); U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY); U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA); U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD); U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV); and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Co-Founder of One Mind and Founder of the Kennedy Forum.

The Summit also will feature breakout sessions highlighting trending topics like heroin, marijuana, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and Hepatitis C among abusers who inject drugs.

For more information about the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, visit http://nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org. You can also follow the Rx Summit on Facebook and Twitter.