Experts in prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment will speak Tuesday as part of the third annual Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Summit, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced.

Experts in prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment will speak Tuesday as part of the third annual Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Summit, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced.


The summit kickoff event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., in Little Rock.


The event is free and open to the public. Speakers at the kickoff event will participate in the summit, which will be held Wednesday for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, pharmacists and educators.


"Preventing prescription drug abuse takes all of us working together, and that is why we are adding a day of programming to this year’s summit to give Arkansans a chance to hear from high-caliber presenters who are recognized nationally for their insight and expertise," McDaniel stated in a news release.


The all-day event starts with a presentation from Ken Winters, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at the University of Minnesota. Speaking at 10:15 a.m. will be Dr. Steven Loyd of Johnson City, Tenn., who specializes in the treatment of opiate-addicted pregnant women.


At 1 p.m., a panel of in-state experts will discuss resources available in Arkansas for prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment. The kickoff session wraps up at 2:30 p.m. with a presentation from Patrick Glynn of the Quincy, Mass., police department. Glynn will speak about the successes his department has had in utilizing the drug naloxone to assist individuals experiencing opioid overdose.


Tuesday evening, a screening of the documentary "The Hungry Heart" is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the theater, followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director, Bess O’Brien. The film focuses on a Vermont pediatrician’s work to treat patients addicted to prescription drugs.


Admission to the film is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve a seat for the film by emailing rxsummit@arkansasag.gov.


No reservations are necessary to attend the other Tuesday presentations. Wednesday’s summit is at capacity, the release states.


For information, visit www.ArkansasAG.gov/our-office/sponsored-events/prescription-drug-summit.