Bridging the Gaps: Reducing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse and Misuse Summit
The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), a branch of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), in a joint partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), hosted a three-day symposium that focused on bridging the legal, public health, consumer protection, enforcement, and medical gaps to address the epidemic surrounding drug and opioid dependence and misuse. The summit explored methods to close information gaps and encourage collaboration among key stakeholders within the legal, public health, and medical communities to reduce the impact of misinformation among consumers, and improve prescribing methods and enforcement.
The summit also offered state health officials the unique opportunity to have dedicated meeting time with state attorneys general and/or their senior level staff to discuss effective collaboration aimed at addressing prescription drug abuse and misuse.
The summit was designed for attorneys, public health leadership, policymakers, law enforcement representatives, consumer protection, and criminal justice managers and practitioners from attorneys general offices, state and territorial health departments, law enforcement agencies, academia, social workers and addiction counselors, and related fields.
This summit was made possible by a grant from the State Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program, which was funded by the multi-state settlement of consumer fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug, Neurontin.