Wellmont to Host Prescription Drug Abuse Conference; U.S. Drug
Enforcement Agency Representative to Speak
Wellmont Health System is holding an informative event that
will help the community and medical providers better understand an issue that
is impacting the region.
Wellmont is sponsoring a free prescription drug abuse
conference on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6-9 p.m. in the Monarch Auditorium at Bristol Regional Medical Center. It will also be available
via video conference to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport; Hancock County Hospital in Sneedville; Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.; and Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, Va.
The event is open to the public as well as a variety of
professionals who have been affected by this major health topic or want to
learn more about it.
The conference will consist of a presentation by Robert
Hill, a highly respected speaker who serves as executive assistant to the
deputy assistant administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s
Office of Diversion Control.
His talk will include a description of prescription drug
abuse’s scope in the United States, methods of illegal prescription drug usage,
red flags that someone might be participating in this activity and law
enforcement efforts to combat it.
“This event will be extremely beneficial in helping people
understand the many facets of prescription drug abuse,” said Vickie Boatman,
Wellmont’s organizational development director. “Unfortunately, our region has
not been immune from this health issue, as has been evident in recent stories
by local media, but this conference will give participants valuable tools they
can apply in combating prescription drug use.”
Hill has worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration
since 1989. He served as a special agent for 11 years and then as a supervisory
agent for five years. He then became a staff coordinator in the DEA’s Latin
America and Caribbean section for three years, followed by three years as
section chief of the DEA’s pharmaceuticals investigation section.
Since 2006, he has given more than 100 briefings, interviews
and presentations throughout the United States and to foreign government
officials on law enforcement pertaining to drugs as well as prescription drug
Among his current duties are helping the deputy assistant
administrator oversee and coordinate major pharmaceutical, precursor chemical,
clandestine laboratory and synthetic drug investigations.
“Many co-workers in our organization have heard Mr. Hill
speak and felt his dynamic presentation would help the community and
professionals in the area understand what we are facing nationally and
locally,” Boatman said. “We are pleased someone of his stature and expertise is
coming here to share his knowledge with us.”
Physicians, nurses and emergency medical services personnel
will able to obtain continuing medical education credit for attending this
For more information, please call Wellmont’s continuing
medical education department at 423-408-7218 or 423-408-7217.