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U.S. Attorney Announces Prescription Drug Abuse Summit, June 27, At Washington & Jefferson College

June 11, 2012
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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - United States Attorney David J. Hickton today announced the details of the Western Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Abuse Summit. Sponsored by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and the Washington County District Attorney's Office, two free programs will focus on combating the growth of prescription drug abuse and addiction in Western Pennsylvania. Both programs will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Washington & Jefferson College's Olin Fine Arts Center, located at 285 E. Wheeling St., in Washington, Pa.

"Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels here in Western Pennsylvania and across our nation," said U.S. Attorney Hickton. "This Summit will bring together medical and mental health professionals, law enforcement, educators and concerned citizens to discuss and confront all aspects of this problem. Our objectives are to bring awareness; to offer education; and to foster new ideas."

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Topic: Combating Prescription Drug Abuse

The afternoon session for industry professionals will examine the breadth and severity of the prescription drug problem and feature panel discussions led by experts in health care, mental health, addiction and law enforcement who will share their experiences with the damaging effects of prescription drug abuse and trafficking.

To register for the afternoon session email your name, title, place of employment and phone number to

Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Topic: Protecting Yourself, Family and Friends from the Dangers of Rx Drug Abuse
Extra: Prescription Drug Take-Back Program

The evening session will help parents, educators and concerned citizens understand the effect of prescription drugs on the brain and society. Participants will also hear firsthand accounts from those who have experienced the tragedy of prescription pill addiction. The evening session also features a Drug Take-Back program. DEA Agents will be on-site to collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications in an attempt to keep them out of rivers, landfills and abuser's hands. The service is free and anonymous.

To register for the evening session, please call 412-894-7516 and follow the instructions.

Both sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged.

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