Prescription drug summit draws Kentucky leaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Top health leaders and lawmakers from
Kentucky who are trying to end multistate prescription drug
trafficking and abuse are meeting in Florida this week.

The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, which runs Tuesday through
Thursday in Orlando, is being organized by the eastern Kentucky
anti-drug group Operation UNITE and will feature remarks by
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M.
Benjamin and R. Gil Kerlikowkse, the nation's "drug czar."

Karen Kelly, president of Operation UNITE, told The
Courier-Journal ( ) that Kentucky is not an
island when it comes to prescription drug abuse, which kills more
Kentuckians than car wrecks.

Beshear said in a statement the summit will build "a critical
mass of urgency" including law enforcement, government and the
medical community.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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