Prescription drug abuse conference Friday

The state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is sponsoring a conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 focusing on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.

Members of the state’s prevention, medical, government, education, law enforcement and retail communities, and others, will gather at the Hartford Marriott Farmington for the event, titled "Prescription Drug Abuse: A Connecticut Meeting of the Minds."

"Connecticut, like much of the country, is seeing an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs," Patricia Rehmer, DMHAS commissioner, said in a news release. "Access to harmful drugs is often coming from the family’s medicine cabinet, and our treatment system is seeing an increase in admissions related to the use of prescription drugs. We must work to curtail this problem."

Kathryn Power, regional administrator for the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will be the keynote speaker.

"Prescription drug abuse is a serious public health threat," said Power. "Actions must be taken at every level—individual, family, community, state and federal—to prevent and eliminate this escalating problem."

The comprehensive statewide conference will explore the many facets of prescription drug abuse and strategies for tackling the problem. The conference is sponsored by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, with support from a SAMHSA Statewide Prevention Enhancement Grant.

For information, call (860) 418-6810.


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