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Join the Discussion: Summit on Optoids

posted Jun 18, 2014, 10:56 AM by Edwin Rodriguez
The abuse of opioids – a group of drugs that includes heroin and prescription painkillers – is devastating public health and safety in communities across the nation. While the Obama Administration has been leading a comprehensive response to the prescription drug problem for more than four years, the recent uptick in heroin use across the country, and the increasing number of overdose deaths, requires a new approach.

Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, will be joined by Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont, Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and other public health and government leaders to discuss the scope of the epidemic and strengthen collaborations across government to ensure we’re doing everything we can do prevent substance use disorders, reduce overdose deaths and treat those who are struggling with addiction.

Please join us for this important conversation. Here’s how:

Watch live from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 at

Share your story and ask questions on Twitter using #OpioidSummit, and follow @ONDCP for live updates.