Addiction to Prescription Drugs — Frank Rapier Comments

So, with that, I would like to introduce for you (and I cannot thank him enough on behalf of all us), the executive director of the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Frank Rapier Thank you very much, it's a pleasure to be here this morning, and I certainly want to thank everybody at ETSU and Dr

Noland for having this here wonderful opportunity for people to get together because that's, that's gonna be the key We ask ourselves, why are we here today? We're here because we have two terrible addictions colliding in America Addiction to prescription pills, and addiction to money This is something that, in the old days we used to look for the major drug dealers hiding down in Mexico Today, they're in American boardrooms

The pharmaceutical companies, that's just the reality of what we've got As Bill's talked about solutions, That's one thing I'm gonna challenge everybody here today I'd like for you to get out of your comfort zone I'm a gun-toter, been toting gun a long time The one thing I'll tell you right now, we can't, we know and I fully admit we can't arrest our way out of this problem

It's all hands on deck, we need everybody We've got to, our solutions are going to come from all of us working together The one thing that, you know, I see as I travel around and talk to people is the willingness and the desire to help this problem No place in America's been hit as hard as Appalachia has The number of deaths, the way is affected families

There's hardly any family, in Appalachia, that doesn't know someone or doesn't have a family member directly affected by prescription drugs So as we move forward, I encourage you, on our breaks, but get out of your comfort zone And I'm gonna challenge you to talk to somebody, from the other disciplines, and find out what they think I met last week with the new acting drug czar, and we're going to have Regina Labelle from ONDCP here They're trying to help us with this problem, but it's not gonna be solved, as Bill said, overnight

It's going to take all of us working hard, and I'll leave you with this one thing It's our vision statement at Aappalachia High There's no limit to what we can accomplish, if we don't worry about who's gonna get the credit And thats gonna be so important to all of us as we go forward Thank you very much

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