Track:  Advocacy

During 2015, the nation’s drug overdose death rate increased significantly to 16.3 per 100,000 population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than six in 10 of these overdoses — 90 Americans dying every day — involved an opioid, including Rx painkillers, heroin or synthetic opioids other than methadone. We welcome to the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit the advocates who are fighting this epidemic by influencing laws and policies to prevent Rx drug and heroin abuse and to support those impacted by it. The Advocacy Track has been designed to inform your efforts by answering key questions. Which state laws targeting the epidemic have been effective? How can you sway state and federal policymakers? Are you engaging all potential allies in your community? What are physicians doing about the epidemic? What are we teaching our medical, pharmacy and nursing students? How can we create connections to the many pathways of recovery?
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017