Summit addressing drug abuse begins Monday


WKYT reports

LEXINGTON, KY. (WKYT) – A four-day summit addressing the drug abuse problem in the United States kicks off Monday in Atlanta.

This is the sixth year of the “National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit.”

This gathering is the brain child of Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers.

Rogers will be one of the speakers along with Health And Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Governor Matt Bevin will also speak at the conference.
It is the largest annual conference addressing the opioid crisis.

The Summit began in 2012 under the leadership of Operation UNITE and Rep. Rogers.

Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education, Inc.) was created in 2003 by Congressman Rogers to rid communities of illegal drug use through a comprehensive approach that includes educating youth and the public, coordinating substance abuse treatment, and providing support for families and friends of substance abusers. UNITE serves a 32-county region in southern and eastern Kentucky.

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