Palm Beach County DRUG ABUSE SUMMIT

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Palm Beach County DRUG ABUSE SUMMIT

Presented By Hanley Center & the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

To effectively restrict the impact of the prescription and synthetic drug pandemic and its far-reaching effects through common awareness, communication and networking within our communities locally, regionally and nationally.

Drug Summit Panels:

Criminal Justice, Law & Order
a) Has enough of an effort been made to curtail or combat problems with prescription and synthetic drug abuse.
b) What are the current trends

Legislative/Elected Officials
a) What role should government play in providing drug treatment.
b) Where does the primary responsibility for regulating these drugs lie: federal, state or local.
c) What policies need to be changed.

Medical-Physicians, Pharmacists
a) Is there a difference between the prescription drug epidemic and that of other addictive substances.
b) What are problems you have seen in children and in senior citizens who take prescription drugs for issues such as Attention Deficit Disorder and chronic pain
c) Do you believe there is a significant abuse/overuse of Benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Ativan.

Public Health/Community Outreach
a) Is there a comprehensive approach to attack this issue: for example, law enforcement, education, government and community working together.
b) What can be done to better treat prescription drug addiction.
c) What kind of impact can a family expect to experience with a family member who is abusing prescription medications.

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