President Barack Obama will hold a town hall at the National Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit at the Westin hotel downtown on March 29. A time for the town hall has not been set.
From the summit:
President Barack Obama announced March 22, that he will speak at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, March 29. This follows his visit last year to West Virginia, where he announced a number of new public and private sector actions to address the epidemic, including a Presidential Memorandum on prescriber training and opioid use disorder treatment.
As part of these efforts, on March 15 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain to help primary care providers — who account for prescribing nearly half of all opioid prescriptions — ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients.
President Obama will address Summit attendees during a General Session Town Hall, time to be announced.
The President has made clear that addressing this epidemic is a priority for his Administration and put forward a request earlier this year for $1.1 billion in new funding-most of which would go directly to States – to ensure that every American who wants treatment can get the help they need.