LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the 11th Annual Arkansas Drug Abuse Prevention Summit will be held on October 12 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
The annual event is a free training and educational opportunity for Arkansas’s law enforcement community, medical professionals, pharmacists, educators, Peer Recovery Specialists and families. Members of the public may also attend and will have the opportunity to hear from experts regarding prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment. The event will offer five breakout tracks: Clinical, Criminal Justice, Counseling/Recovery, Education/Prevention and Family.
“My office continues the fight against this raging epidemic that has plagued our state as well as the nation,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “It is of the utmost importance to continue to educate ourselves and develop new ways to fight drug abuse.”
Rutledge will be the keynote speaker for the summit discussing the work that she has done over the past eight years as Attorney General.
The summit attendees will hear from Dr. Bertha Madras, a professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Madras served as a panelist at the Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 2017 and was appointed to be one of six members of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Fred Muench, a clinical psychologist and the President of The Partnership to End Addiction, will also address the summit.
Mark Westfall, a psychiatrist specializing in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, will also give a presentation. Westfall is a national recipient of the APA/Mead Johnson Fellowship Award in community psychiatry. He has previously held positions as Medical Director of the Community Mental Health Center in Charleston, as well as President of the Frank Kay Psychiatric Clinic in Birmingham. Westfall is the President and Owner of Westfall Psychiatric Services and a radio talk show co-host for “Oh Brother Radio” and “Doc Talk”.