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State Attorneys General Present at National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Washington, DC---Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel will lead a panel discussion on the importance of collaboration between state leaders and the medical community to reduce opioid abuse. The session will take place on Wednesday, March 30, from 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Ga.

State and territorial attorneys general have been on the frontline of combating opioid trafficking and addiction. Opioids are prescribed to treat extreme or intractable pain. Codeine, hydrocodone (e.g. Vicodin) and oxycodone (e.g. OxyContin, Percocet) fall into this medication class. More than 100 Americans die as a result of overdose in this country every day – more than half of them caused by prescription drugs or heroin.

“It has had a devastating effect on public health and safety in communities,” said Attorney General Olens who is a member of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Substance Abuse Committee with Attorney General Schimel.

“These drugs are affecting young people from all walks of life: athletes, student leaders, kids with high grade point averages. So many promising futures destroyed,” said Attorney General Schimel, whose Department of Justice launched “Dose of Reality,” a state awareness campaign to help save lives.

The Summit panel will also include Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, director-at-large of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and medical director, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc. It will cover innovative policies and strategies, prescriber education initiatives, the expansion of prescription drug monitoring programs, and the need to reduce the stigma associated with addiction.

The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), a NAAG branch, is a Summit sponsor. The sponsorship was made possible by a grant from the State Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program which is funded by the multi-state settlement of consumer fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin.

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