RX Drug Abuse Summit


Mari St Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670

    08/31 - 09/01/2016 Meeting

    06/15/2016 Meeting

    CARSON CITY, NV - June 15, 2016

      Governor Brian Sandoval and First Lady Kathleen Sandoval will host a State Summit on Prescription Drug Abuse in August, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Summit will provide the opportunity for the First Lady’s Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force and subsequently the Multidisciplinary Prevention Advisory Committee to update the community on existing laws put into place as a result of the 78th Legislative Session and Nevada’s Strategic Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan.

        “Nevada has established policies that have become national models in prescription drug monitoring and ongoing coordination between the public and private sector. I am proud of what we have accomplished, but there is more work to be done,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “This Summit will bring together all stakeholders as well as community advocates and leaders in a united effort to eradicate this growing epidemic and create safe and livable communities.”

          The Summit will focus on four priority topics:

          • Duties and responsibilities of healthcare licensing boards
          • Overview of current coordination and opportunities for expanded collaboration with local, state and federal law enforcement
          • Review of existing rehabilitation practices and substance abuse treatments
          • Cooperation and oversight for private section issues, including sale and availability of pharmaceuticals

          As a precursor to the Summit in August, the Governor will host a comprehensive planning session on June 21, 2016. The planning session will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Legislative Building in Carson City and video conferenced to the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas. Members of the committee will listen to presentations from state agencies, licensing boards, public comment, and other community stakeholders on prescription drug prescribing practices, options for treatment, criminal justice interventions, and challenges and opportunities in our state.

            WHAT: State Planning Session on Prescription Drug Abuse
            DATE: June 21, 2016
            TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            LOCATION: Legislative Building
            Room 4100
            401 South Carson Street
            Carson City, NV 89701
            VIDEO CONFERENCE: Grant Sawyer Building
            Room 4412
            555 East Washington Avenue
            Las Vegas, NV 89101

              In 2014, Governor Sandoval was tapped by the National Governors Association to lead the second round of its Prescription Drug Abuse Project as part of the Association’s ongoing effort to reduce prescription drug abuse. Nevada was selected as one of seven states to send a delegation to participate in a policy academy on the topic. As a follow-up to this academy, the Governor established a Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force which was led by First Lady Kathleen Sandoval. The Task Force organized a statewide meeting that took place over two days and engaged approximately 200 stakeholders, and interested individuals. The Task Force recommended policy changes, and with the leadership of Governor Sandoval, was able to introduce and pass Senate Bill 459 which made substantial policy changes regarding prescription drug abuse prevention in Nevada. The Task Force also developed a statewide action plan that relied on the use of data and evidence-based strategies for combating this public health and safety crisis. The State’s Substance Abuse Prevention Treatment Agency’s (SAPTA) Multidisciplinary Prevention Advisory Committee (MPAC) has been charged with leading implementation of the recommendations in the plan developed by the Governor’s Task Force.