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    Wisconsin Attorney General to Keynote Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Summit


    October 18, 2016

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the fifth annual Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit will be held on Nov. 3 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock and will feature a keynote address from Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.

    The event was established as a training and educational opportunity for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, pharmacists and educators. Members of the general public may also attend and will have the opportunity to hear from other experts regarding prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment.

    “Prescription drug abuse is not a looming problem, it is an epidemic that is already impacting our communities every day,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is critically important that those working to combat this abuse come together to discuss new and successful tactics. I am grateful that my colleague from Wisconsin will join us in Arkansas to share his efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse.”

    Schimel became Attorney General in January 2015. A prosecutor first elected Waukesha County District Attorney in 2006, Schimel aims to continue the fight against heroin, human traffickers, domestic violence and internet predators.

    Last year, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, led by Schimel, launched its DOSE OF REALITY: Prevent Prescription Painkiller Abuse in Wisconsin public awareness, education and prevention effort, along with partners from across the state to communicate the risks and dangers of improper painkiller use, storage and disposal and get Wisconsin residents to take action.

    The all-day Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit will begin with breakout sessions to discuss resources available in Arkansas for prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment and include a presentation from Michael K. Gottlieb on the growing opioid epidemic. Gottlieb is the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program director in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

    Rutledge will host a luncheon, which will include the keynote address from Schimel.

    The afternoon session will include a presentation from Dr. Amy Hawes, Knox County, Tennessee, medical examiner, on how medical examiners and coroners can help fight this crisis and a presentation from Stephanie Siete, director of public relations for Community Bridges Inc., on the risks associated with vaping and identifying the newest forms of marijuana.

    In addition to the Attorney General’s office, the Summit is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas State Police, Benton Police Department, Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Office of the State Drug Director, Rotary Clubs of Arkansas, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute.

    A complete agenda for the Summit can be found at ArkansasAG.gov.

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