The sixth annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit was held April 17-20, 2017, at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, GA. This year drew record attendance, with more than 2,400 people registered from 48 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Australia and China. Monday's opening ceremony featured Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-5th), Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and UNITE CEO Nancy Hale. Tuesday began with presentations by Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield, U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (MA), Congressman Earl "Buddy" Carter (GA-1st), Congressman Patrick "Pat" Meehan (PA-7th], and Congressman Rogers. Tuesday evening's general session featured presentations by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Dr. Vivek H. Murthy; National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow; and General Barry McCaffrey, former director of the Office on National Drug Control Policy. On Wednesday, the day began with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Anne Schuchat, Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and a fireside chat with former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy. The final general session Wednesday evening featured U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Thomas E. Price; Richard J. Baum, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and Kana Enomoto, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Author Sam Quinones, who was slated to be a keynote speaker Monday evening but suffered a heart attack earlier that day, made a surprise appearance to round out the Summit.
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