ATLANTA, Ga. (WYMT) - The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit will have numerous federal leaders present next week, including President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
The summit works toward better policies and practices to address the national opioid abuse crisis. The four-day conference takes place April 22-25 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The President and First Lady will address the summit Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
More than 3,500 people are expected to attend. The conference was first organized by Operation UNITE, a non-profit based out of southeastern Kentucky. This will be the summit's eighth year.
Keynote speakers include: James W. Carroll, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Francis Collins, MD, Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Robert Redfield, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institue on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Admiral Charles Ray, Vice Commandant for the U.S. Coast Guard; and U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN), Earl "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) and William Lacy Clay (D-MO).
"President Trump and the First Lady are affirming their shared commitment to address the national opioid epidemic and lead the way toward life-saving solutions by joining the growing movement of individuals who attend this important conference every year," said Congressman Hal Rogers. "We have learned that the best way to make an impact on this national crisis, is to bring together all of the stakeholders, from lawmakers, to law enforcement officers, to prescribers and other medical professionals, to addiction recovery leaders and community advocates. As the illegal drug trade rapidly changes, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to improve education, prevent abuse and enhance options for those grappling with addiction. There is hope for a brighter future and I look forward to hearing more from our Commander-in-Chief on this issue."