Phoenix Houses of Florida Exhibits at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

Sunday, April 14th, 2013
National Drug Czar R. Gil Kerlikowske speaks at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

Drug Czar R. Gil Kerlikowske speaks at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

Several Phoenix Houses of Florida senior staff members joined some of the country’s leading experts on the prescription drug epidemic at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, which began on April 2, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.  The three-day conference addressed both the strides that have been made to date in the fight against the epidemic and the serious challenges that continue to plague the nation. Phoenix House’s booth at the summit provided information on the wide-ranging rehabilitation services we provide for adults and adolescents struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.

Prominent among the national leaders were R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy,  Executive Office of the President; Margaret Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Also attending were New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Findings presented at the summit attest to the enormous and devastating proportions of the prescription drug abuse crisis, with more than 125,000 Americans dying of opioid-related overdose in the past decade.  However, some encouraging figures were also discussed: Director Kerlikowske, who has been a staunch supporter of Phoenix House’s role in the fight against substance abuse, stated that the number of individuals abusing prescription drugs had dropped from seven million in 2010 to 6.1 million in 2011.

Phoenix Houses of Florida guarantees the highest quality of substance abuse treatment, delivered with professionalism and respect.  We pride ourselves on providing outstanding and accessible treatment for alcohol and drug addiction.  For more information on our services, please call 1 888 671 9392.

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