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Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit to be Held November 1

October 15, 2018

Offering livestream at six UAMS facilities

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that the seventh annual Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit will be held Nov. 1 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

This year, Attorney General Rutledge is also livestreaming plenary sessions and the clinical track to six locations across the state to reach more health care providers who may come in contact with prescription drug abusers. The sessions will be livestreamed to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, UAMS North Central in Batesville, UAMS East Campus in Helena-West Helena, UAMS West Campus in Fort Smith, UAMS Northwest Campus in Fayetteville and UAMS Campus in Magnolia.

A record 1,025 have already taken advantage of early bird registration. Registration is open, but seating is limited for the event, a free 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 experts regarding prescription drug abuse prevention and treatments.

“I am proud to offer these educational opportunities for Arkansans who combat addiction every day,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This annual event brings together over 1,000 Arkansans from every corner of the State to learn and work together.”

The all-day summit will include breakout sessions on timely topics, including e-prescribing and opioids in the workplace. After lunch, additional breakout sessions will discuss local and statewide efforts to fight the epidemic, along with a survivor’s panel.

Rutledge will host a luncheon, which will include a presentation from State Drug Director Kirk Lane.

Afternoon plenary sessions will highlight over-the-counter medications. The final session will feature a panel of parents who have lost children to the epidemic or who have children now battling addiction.

In addition to the Attorney General’s Office, the Summit is being sponsored by the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas Division of Adult Aging and Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas State Nursing Board, Arkansas State Police, Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, 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 can be found at

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