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Rutledge Goes Virtual for Ninth Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit

U.S. Representative Dr. Buddy Carter to keynote Rx Summit

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the Ninth Annual Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit would be offered virtually on December 8, 2020. The Summit will continue to serve as a free training and educational opportunity for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, treatment specialists, pharmacists, educators and family members. This year’s event will be offered virtually to enable attendees to participate in accordance with the COVID-19 public health emergency. In addition to plenary sessions and breakouts, there will be an attendee “lounge” where you can meet and network with other attendees. All registered participants will have access to the online content for three months following the event. Please also note that new for this year, there will be a family breakout track in addition to clinical, criminal justice, counseling/recovery and education/prevention tracks.

“Now more than ever, Arkansans need education and training to support those with opioid addiction and this year’s event provides the opportunity to reach even more Arkansans where they are,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am so proud of the partnership that has been fostered from our Summit and am confident that this year’s event will have an even further reach and build on those partnerships to save lives and help end the opioid crisis.”

Those who gather for the all-day Summit will hear remarks from the Attorney General, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Senator Tom Cotton and Executive Director of the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy, John Kirtley, who this year received the National Lester Hosto Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Breakout sessions will be held on the neurobiology of addiction and recovery, opioid trends, the truth about prescription drugs, recovery resources and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hayes family story.

The keynote address will come from Georgia Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter. He is an experienced businessman, health care professional and faithful public servant. As the owner of Carter’s Pharmacy, Inc., South Georgians have trusted Buddy with their most valuable assets: their health, lives and families for more than thirty years. As the only Pharmacist serving in U.S. Legislature, Congressman Carter is the co-chair of the Community Pharmacy Caucus and is dedicated to working towards a health care system that provides more choices, less costs and better services.

The afternoon sessions will include clinical regulatory updates, Naloxone updates, Opioid Prevention for Aging and Longevity (O.P.A.L), the Recovery Clinic and family resources.

Plenary sessions will include a presentation about the amazing work of some of the community coalitions across the state. The day will close out with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and Drug Director Kirk Lane discussing the new Arkansas Opioid Dashboard.

A full listing of all continuing education approvals is located on the event website.

In addition to Attorney General Rutledge, the Summit is sponsored by the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy, the Arkansas Drug Director’s Office and the University of Arkansas System’s Criminal Justice Institute. Other partners include the Arkansas Alcohol Drug Coordinating Council, Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas Medical Board, Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas National Guard Counterdrug Program, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Arkansas Prevention Network, Arkansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gulf Coast HIDTA, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation, University of Arkansas at Little Rock MidSOUTH Center for Prevention and Training, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information about the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit or to sign up for this free event visit

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Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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