UK researchers lead discussions at national summit on prescription drug abuse

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ATLANTA, Ga. (WTVQ) – Addiction researchers, clinicians, intervention coordinators and health policy leaders representing the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare will lead workshops and discuss initiatives to combat the opioid crisis during the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit this week in Atlanta.

The National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, treatment providers, and allied communities impacted by prescription drug abuse and heroin use.

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Other UK representatives in attendance include UK President Eli Capilouto; Lisa Cassis, vice president for research at UK; Donna Arnett, dean of the UK College of Public Health; and Eric King, UK federal relations. UK HealthCare sponsored the summit, which is now in its fifth year.

“The opioid epidemic is far-reaching and multi-faceted, leaving a void in each family and community it scars. Kentucky families, and communities throughout Appalachia, know the devastation and havoc of addiction. That’s why this question is critical to UK researchers who lead the research, health care and policy questions surrounding opioid abuse,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “UK is uniquely positioned to confront these questions because of its multi-disciplinary research endeavors, leading academic medical center and regional referral network deployed to confront the scourge of opioids. We’re committed to working in – and with – communities to help navigate the complex nature of critical policy changes and effective health care implementation.”