Today, Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) welcomed Operation UNITE Director Karen Kelly to brief the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse on developments from the April National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, FL. Rogers was joined by members of the caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, relevant executive agencies and private industry stakeholders, congressional staff, and interested citizens for the informative briefing.
"While the abuse of prescription medications has recently been classified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a national epidemic, this is a battle we've been fighting in southern and eastern Kentucky for more than a decade. Operation UNITE Director Karen Kelly is a hard-charging and dedicated Kentuckian, who has taken on drug abuse, personally and professionally, with steadfast resolve. I am honored to welcome her to the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse today to share with us some insights on the holistic strategy of UNITE and "wins' from the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, which the UNITE team successfully led," said Rogers. "There is no question that we still have a long way to go, but I am confident that solutions are within reach if we continue to bring like-minded and dedicated people to the same table -- as we did in Orlando and as we're doing today -- and we will be able to make a difference in this battle against prescription drug abuse."