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    Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit to be Held in November


    June 25, 2019

    Governor Christie to Keynote Summit

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, will give the keynote address at the eighth annual Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit, to be held at the Hot Springs Convention Center on Nov. 14.

    “Governor Christie has seen firsthand the tragedy of drug addiction,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “From Pennsylvania Avenue in DC to Main streets across Arkansas, it is imperative that all Americans work in concert to end this epidemic.”

    The all-day summit will include breakout sessions on four different tracks, including clinical, criminal justice, education/prevention and counseling/recovery.

    Early bird registration is now available, but seating is limited for the event, a free educational training 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 treatment.

    In addition to the Attorney General’s Office, the Summit is being sponsored by the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, 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, University of Arkansas at Little Rock MidSouth School of Social Work.

    Rutledge has been a leader in the State and nation combatting the opioid epidemic by using a multifaceted approach through education, litigation, treatment and enforcement. Her first-in-the-nation Prescription for Life program is free for high schools and over the last year has reached 68 counties and almost 14,000 students. Rutledge has taken an aggressive approach to protect Arkansans and combat the epidemic by separately suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Arkansas Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act.

    More information can be found at ArkansasAG.gov.

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