Top health leaders, drug experts, and lawmakers from around the nation will meet in Orlando this week to tackle prescription drug abuse, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, which runs tomorrow through Thursday, is being organized by the Eastern Kentucky anti-drug group Operation UNITE and is expected to draw about 700 people.
The goal is to foster understanding and cooperation among those involved in the battle against the epidemic, such as law enforcement officials, medical professionals, educators, insurance managers, and others. White House drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske is scheduled to speak at the summit tomorrow. Last year, Kerlikowske visited Kentucky, which loses about 1,000 residents a year to overdoses, and called the state “ground zero” for prescription drug abuse, along with Tennessee and West Virginia.