Some numbers are dropping but work is not done in reducing opioid-related deaths

ATLANTA, Ga. (WYMT) - Kentucky's 5th District Representative Hal Rogers kicked off day two of the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta with a little bit of light-hearted humor.

"I am sure some of you expected us to dribble a basketball," quipped the congressman.

Following his introduction by UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto Rep. Rogers dove into some of the bad news surrounding this summit.

"This past December the CDC reported that life expectancy in the United States dropped for the third straight year," said Rogers.

This news brought the crowd back to focus. Their attention on the purpose behind this summit in 2019 and that is to continue some of the progress being made across the country, that is starting to show in some statistical categories.

"Deaths from prescription opioids did not increase. Deaths from Heroin did not increase, that tells us some of our policies may finally be working," said the congressman to a round of applause.

Congressman Rogers knows that there is still work to be done, and he is hoping that all of those in attendance will keep fighting for those who can't, to continue to bring change about in their communities across the United States.

"It is more important than ever before that all of you in this room to a person have your voices heard, stand strong, not only here but more importantly back home," said Rogers.

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