Collaborating to combat misuse and abuse of illicit and prescription drugs in Alabama: An interprofessional conference


Alabama has a problem: abuse and misuse of prescription and illicit drugs. The problem is compounded by a lack of coordination among law enforcement, medical services personnel, regulatory groups, health care professionals, and public health agencies.

Alabama has one of the highest rates of prescription pain medications sold per 10,000 residents. While the use of these medications certainly provides necessary pain relief for many Alabamians, the reality is that illegal use of this group of medications has reached near epidemic levels in our state.

Research has demonstrated that prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) – like that found in Alabama – can lead to sustained, decreased prescribing of Schedule II opioids. While effective, PDMP use does not fully address the problem, and it does not address the problem of illicit drug abuse, which is an equally significant problem.

Open, routine dialogue between law enforcement, medical services personnel, first responders, regulatory groups, health care professionals, and public health agencies is needed to develop coordinated efforts to (1) combating the use and abuse of illicit drugs, (2) prevention of inappropriate use of prescription pain medications, and (3) appropriate ways to address situations of real or perceived inappropriate use of prescription pain medications.

To advance efforts to address this problem, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs have partnered to host an interprofessional conference that will bring together experts from law enforcement, medical services, first responders, regulatory boards, health care, and public health to identify practical strategies to confront the challenging situations surrounding prescription medications and illicit drugs with high potential for addiction.

Conference Dates & Locations

The free, one-day continuing education program will be offered on four separate dates in two different, convenient locations in Alabama. The same program will be delivered each of the four days, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 & 25, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama: Jackson Center at HudsonAlpha
Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama: Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center

Conference Sponsors

Auburn University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education; credits are recognized nationwide.

This project is supported by the US DOJ and ADECA/LETS subgrant number 15-DJ-ST-005.

Five percent of the cost of this program is supported by CDC Grant No. 1NU17CE924865-01-00.

Last Updated: January 9, 2017