Thirteen local community partners attended the Annual Prescription Drug/Heroin Summit April 2-5th in Atlanta. Workshops were offered to over 3,000 participants throughout the week and ranged from prevention to intervention, treatment, recovery and interdiction. Among highlights were presentations from National Institute of Drug Abuse, Nora Volkov M.D and hearing from Administrators at National Institute of Health, SAMHSA, Office of National Drug Control Policy and other agencies committed to working on the opioid crisis. U.S. former President Bill Clinton was one of keynote speakers, as well as the current US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. 

Joined by local school staff, law enforcement, treatment and recovery staff, prevention and health care, these community members are committed to continue to work with communities to tackle this issue from many perspectives. “It is always helpful to meet people from around the country who are working on creative solutions to this issue. It is clear that Vermont is actually doing some things right about this crisis, and there is always more we can do”, says Robin Rieske, Prevention Consultant for the Vermont Department of Health. For more information on substance abuse efforts in the Windham County area, please visit WindhamRX.org or Cortalks. Org.

Top Row: Brian Condon, Stephen Tavella, Cindy Hayford, Natalie Harding, Mike Fitzgerald, Deb Witkus, Jedediah Popp
Bottom Row: Geoff Kane, Cassandra Holloway, Susan Avery, Robin Rieske, Laura Schairbaum
Missing: Sara Dunbar