DEA wins national award for its website targeting college drug abuse

Friday, June 22, 2018
Congratulations to one of our partners!

Arkansas Municipal League Honors State Drug Director

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
League honors Kirk Lane at 84th Convention

100+ lives saved by Arkansas Naloxone Project

Monday, June 11, 2018
More than 100 lives have been saved this year by the Arkansas Naloxone Project which gives 1st responders naloxone toolkits to reverse an opioid overdose.

National Campaign Launched: Youth Opioid Prevent Ad Campaign

Friday, June 08, 2018
A national campaign to stop youth opioid abuse featuring national advertisements has been launched by the President Trump Administration.

FDA Cracks Down on Websites Marketing Unapproved Opioids (Targets Illegal Online Sales)

Wednesday, June 06, 2018
The FDA warned 9 online networks (total of 53 websites) that they must stop illegally marketing potentially dangerous, unapproved and misbranded versions of opioid medications, including tramadol and oxycodone.

AR Drug Director Encourages Coroners to Adopt New Death Investigation Reporting

Friday, May 25, 2018
State Drug Director encourages state coroners to adopt new death investigation measures.

91 LIVES SAVED IN 2018 VIA 1ST RESPONDERS NALOXONE PROGRAM

Thursday, May 24, 2018
From the distribution of 3,300 Narcan kits to first responder agencies throughout Arkansas, 91 lives have been saved since Jan. 1, 2018.

How To Talk To Your Doctor Handbook

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
This "How to talk to your doctor handbook" is provided by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Research & Extension, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Center for Health Literacy. Download a copy here:

Nearly 146 Tons of Medications Collected in Arkansas; 28K Collected on April 28

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Nearly 146 tons of prescription medications have been collected in the state since the first Arkansas Prescription Drug Take Back Day in 2010! Find out how much was collected back at April's event!

DEA brings in record number of unused pills during 15th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Federal, state and local partners collect close to one million pounds across the country. ***Official totals will not be available for a few days*****

Governor Hutchinson Launches Educational Web Portal To Aid In Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Monday, April 30, 2018
In the ongoing fight against the abuse of opioids, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has launched a free weekly education and consultation service for Arkansas health-care providers, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced at a press conference today.

Drug Director's Response To Dispatcher, Others' Comments On Not Using Narcan For Overdosing People

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
When a Lonoke County Dispatcher commented this on a recent news report: "I feel that if an officer has Narcan, then they should only use it on children, officers and other significant situations that are not your average overdose," the Arkansas Drug Director responded. Read it here:

UAMS Fights Opioid Epidemic on All Fronts

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is attacking the nationwide opioid epidemic on multiple fronts that have produced new research and treatment options for patients and health care providers across Arkansas and beyond.

Opioid-makers Gushed $$ to State Doctors (Pills Soon Flowed, Study Finds)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Makers of narcotic painkillers gave millions of dollars to Arkansas doctors between 2013 and 2016. At least 800 state residents died from opioid overdoses during the same period.

'Efforts Will Not Relent' Amid State Meeting National Preparedness Average

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

U.S. Surgeon General meets with Ark. Board of Pharmacy, Students about Opioid Solutions

Friday, April 13, 2018
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said he was “very impressed” with the work and progress being made in Arkansas in the effort to reduce effects of the opioid epidemic. Dr. Adams spoke with representatives of several state agencies, as well as a few pharmacy students from various universities in the state, at the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy (ASBP) Offices on Thursday.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS STUDENT LEADER DRIVES COLLEGE RECOVERY PROGRAM DISCUSSIONS

Friday, April 06, 2018
University of Arkansas student Trevor Villines envisions a future in which college campuses throughout the state tackle the opioid epidemic with expanded educational programs, medication drop-boxes on campuses, and through college recovery programs. As the Director of External Relations for the university’s Student Government Association (SGA) and President of the Registered Student Organization, Villines is seizing the opportunity to bring the vision to fruition.

From the 2018 National Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

BNPD LAUNCHES “YOU USE YOU LOSE” CAMPAIGN

Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Benton Police Department launched today a month-long drug abuse awareness campaign. “You Use You Lose” will equip citizens with information and action steps aimed at reducing drug abuse and overdose and will culminate with an Rx Take Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Ferguson’s Furniture in Benton.

Leaving A Legacy In Service: Burks Recognized By State Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council

Friday, March 23, 2018
Ron Burks leaves behind a legacy from the 20 year plus service to the Arkansas Alcohol & Drug Abuse Coordinating Council.

On the Capitol Steps Today: AR Drug Czar Join State Leaders for Opioids & Lawsuit Announcement

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane spoke to a large crowd at the State Capitol about the Opioid Epidemic in Arkansas. In response, leaders announce a joint lawsuit with nearly all Counties and Cities of Arkansas.

President Trump's Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse & Reduce Drug Supply & Demand

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
“We will work to strengthen vulnerable families and communities, and we will help to build and grow a stronger, healthier, and drug-free society.” – President Donald J. Trump

For Arthritis Pain, Nonopioid Drugs Work as Well as Opioids

Friday, March 16, 2018
Opioids are no better than nonopioid pain relievers for treating the chronic pain of osteoarthritis, a clinical trial has found.

The Lethal Dose

Friday, March 16, 2018
This picture shows the lethal doses of Fentanyl and Carfentanil relative to a lethal dose of Heroin. How does this affect Arkansas? ...

Blue & You: Narcan Training is SAVING LIVES

Thursday, March 08, 2018
How is 1,300 Narcan Kits and 21 officers saving lives in Arkansas?

Governor Releases $600,000 in Rainy Day Funds To Support Arkansas’ Drug Task Forces

Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Governor Asa Hutchinson today released $600,000 in Rainy Day funding for the state’s drug task forces, with approval of the Joint Budget Committee of the Arkansas General Assembly, providing additional resources to key law-enforcement agencies while federal funds are delayed.

New Grant Program Expands Availability and Usage of Naloxone to Reduce Overdose Deaths in the State

Wednesday, March 07, 2018
A ceremonial check presentation and an initial “train-the trainer” program will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Institute, located at 26 Corporate Hill Drive in Little Rock.

THV11 explores Ark. addiction crisis in documentary-style program

Monday, March 05, 2018
The THV11 team has announced the airing of "Saving A Generation: The New Face of Drug Addiction"

STATE LEADERS FORM UNIFIED FRONT AGAINST MANUFACTURERS OF PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS

Thursday, February 01, 2018
In a unique and strategic move, the Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC), Arkansas Municipal League (AML), and Arkansas Public Entities Risk Management Association (APERMA) have retained the same outside law firms to pursue litigation against the drug companies on behalf of the local govern¬ments of Arkansas.

Texarkana Police & Texarkana Emergency Center Team Up, Add 2 New Prescription Drop Boxes in City

Thursday, February 01, 2018
Two additional 24/7 Medication Drop-Boxes have been placed in Texarkana thanks to the joined effort of the TAPD and the Texarkana Emergency Center.

Opioid Prevention Education Summit Kickoff

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The 2018 kickoff of the Opioid Prevention Education Summit was held on the campus of Arkansas State University at Mountain Home today (1/23/2018) in an effort to increase awareness of the opioid epidemic in Arkansas, as well as to enhance coalitions and develop an advisory council in local communities.

As the opioid crisis grows, states are opening Medicaid to alternative medicine

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mayflower Police Receive 'Difference Maker' Award & $1,000 For Purchase of Life-Saving Naloxone

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Because of how the department protect the Mayflower Community, they've been chosen to receive the Difference Maker Award.

Arkansas Attorney General Reaches Settlement In Prescription Drugs Case

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Arkansas will receive $175,298.58 of the $13.5 million settlement, which will be deposited into ...

U.S. life expectancy fell in 2016 as opioid overdoses surged - CDC

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Life expectancy in the United States dipped in 2016 as the number of deaths due to opioid drug overdoses surged and total drug overdose deaths rose 21 percent ...

CDC Data Show Surge In Opioid Overdose Deaths

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Painkillers are easy to get into, but hard to escape from.

City of Hot Springs joins lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over opioid abuse

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The opioid crisis across the nation and here in Arkansas continues to strike conversation and concern ... the city of Hot Springs would join more than 100 others on board with the Arkansas Municipal League.

How To Raise A Drug Free Kid

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The highly acclaimed comprehensive guide to getting your child through the formative pre-teen, teen, and college years drug-free—now completely revised and updated. "I was so lost when my son became addicted - I didn't know where to start. If I had a book like How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid, I would have had a road map," David Sheff, Journalist & Author of Beautiful Boy.

The Association of Arkansas Counties have now joined in the lawsuit

Friday, December 15, 2017
The Association of Arkansas Counties became the second statewide group to file a federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors over how the companies market and sell the drugs.

Arkansas Municipal League Files Federal Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers

Friday, December 15, 2017
The Arkansas Municipal League filed the suit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The suit accuses the companies of ...

Opioid epidemic costs soar to $504 billion

Monday, November 20, 2017
As the opioid drug epidemic spreads, so does its economic impact, with estimates now suggesting the crisis is costing the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars.

Arkansas Answers the Call: National Drug Control Policy Requested Prescription Drug Return Increase

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Office of National Drug Control Policy as part of its National Drug Control Strategy, called for an increase of prescription drug return and disposal programs as a means to curbing prescription drug abuse. Arkansas answered with nearly 30,000 pounds of medications.

Results of Prescription Drug Take Back 14 - October 28th, 2017

Thursday, November 09, 2017
152 law enforcement agencies at 171 sites across the state collected 28,035 pounds or 14 tons of old or expired prescription drugs, making the 14th National Drug Take Back Event held Saturday, October 28th, the most successful Take Back Event to date.

Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit - AGENDA

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Download the agenda for the Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit.

2017 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit Agenda

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

SALINE COUNTY RESIDENCES DROP OFF MORE THAN 1,300 POUNDS OF MEDICATIONS

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Residents of Saline County dropped off more than 1,300 pounds of medications during the Saturday, Oct. 28 Arkansas Drug Take Back Day, which was called Operation Medicine Cabinet in Benton. Residents of Benton have dropped off more than 8 tons of prescription medications since the first Operation Medicine Cabinet in April of 2009.

DON'T GET TRICKED (HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
There are candy products on the market that look like they are made with mostly sugar and food coloring, but they have an extra ingredient – THC concentrate. These are candies that have sent numerous children in the U.S. to hospitals for treatment.

Opioid epidemic brings new safety concerns this Halloween

Monday, October 30, 2017
As parents get ready to take their kids trick-or-treating for Halloween, new dangers around the opioid epidemic

The Opioid Contagion

Friday, October 27, 2017
Calling the opioid epidemic a national emergency will release resources at the federal, state and local levels to help prevent, rescue and treat addicts. But even successful rehab programs have a high recidivism rate. It takes peer-to-peer support, an intervention drug like suboxone and having a reason to live to beat this disease.

Preventing Teen Drug Use: Risk Factors & Why Teens Use

Thursday, October 26, 2017
90% of addictions start in the teen years. Don’t ignore risk factors and assume your child will be okay, or simply ignore a problem because you think it’s just a passing stage of development. If something appears wrong, start taking action.

Born addicted: The number of opioid-addicted babies is soaring

Thursday, October 26, 2017
As a team of nurses unwrap baby Jayden from the comfort of his swaddling cloth, he wails. His tiny feet shake. His hands clench and unclench. His suffering is obvious. Born dependent on opiates, the month-old boy and thousands like him are the smallest victims of the opioid epidemic.

Arkansas State Fair: Arkansas Drug Take Back Booth

Thursday, October 26, 2017
​Thank you to everyone who visited our Arkansas Drug Take Back Booth at the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock. Now make sure you join us for the Arkansas Drug Take Back Day ...

BENTONVILLE SCHOOLS LAUNCHES TIP LINE FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Bentonville Public Schools has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide a confidential tip line to students who want to report any perceived danger.

Prescription Drug Take Back 14 - October 28th, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Law enforcement agencies across the state will be collecting old or expired prescription drugs this Saturday as part of the 14th National Drug Take Back Event to be held Saturday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All locations can be easily found at www.artakeback.org by left-clicking on the Collection Sites/Events & Dropboxes tab, which includes a Google map and search by Zipcode or Collection Site Name.

Naloxone Protocol

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention - TOOLKIT:

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Facts for Community Members Five Essential Steps for First Responders Information for Prescribers Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members Recovering From Opioid Overdose

Prescription for Life: Providing Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to Arkansas Students

Thursday, August 31, 2017
A Digital Approach to Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

HOPE & HEALING: A PRACTICAL TOOLKIT FOR FAITH &; COMMUNITY LEADERS IN THE FACE OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Friday, August 11, 2017
Here are a few practical ways your community may consider bringing hope and healing to those in need:

NEW PROGRAM: First-In-The-Nation Initiative Aimed At Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
‘Prescription for Life’ curriculum will be available to all high school students this fall

Arkansas Attorney General Files Suit Against Drug Makers For Anti-Trust Violations

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
AG Rutledge said, "The dishonest actions of these drug manufacturers not only disrupts the marketplace but harms patients."

Health Care Fraud Takedown

Friday, July 14, 2017
Federal officials today announced charges against more than 400 individuals—including doctors, nurses, and licensed medical professionals—for their roles in fraud schemes involving about $1.3 billion in false Medicare billings.

Gov. Hutchinson Announces Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane as New Arkansas Drug Director

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced Kirk Lane, Chief of Police for the Benton Police Department, as the new Arkansas Drug Director.

DEA LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO TARGET COLLEGE DRUG USE

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has launched a new website.

Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.

As the opioid epidemic grows, paramedics feel the weight of tragedy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The call came in at dinnertime: an 11-year-old girl, not breathing. Pittsburgh paramedics with Medic 8 supposed the girl was choking on her food as they raced to the address in Beechview. But paramedics with Medic 2 got to the home first and sent out an update over the air: The girl showed telltale signs of heroin use. This was an overdose.

MORE THAN 24,000 POUNDS COLLECTED ON ARKANSAS DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Arkansas law enforcement agencies collected more than 24,000 pounds of prescription drug medications in a single day.

SALINE COUNTY RESIDENTS DROP OFF MORE THAN 1,500 POUNDS OF MEDICATIONS

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Residents of Saline County dropped off more than 1,500 pounds of medications during the Saturday, April 29 Arkansas Drug Take Back Day

The opioid epidemic’s startling age divide: Young Americans are overdosing on heroin while older ones continue to overdose on prescription painkillers.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Americans in their 50s and 60s overwhelmingly overdosed on prescription opioids, while Americans in their 20s and 30s overdosed disproportionately on heroin.

Opioid epidemic may be underestimated, CDC report says

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid abuse epidemic, causing 91 overdose deaths each day. Yet the total number of opioid-related deaths may still be underestimated, suggests new research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Millions of Americans end up using opioids long after surgery, putting them at risk of addiction and other health problems.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Each year, surgery puts millions of people in the United States at risk of long-term prescription opioid use. Sometimes, use lasts long after the normal recovery period, a new study concluded. This occurs after both major and minor surgeries, leading researchers to blame other factors for this trend.

Will's Story: Where opioid abuse and the dark web intersect

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Maumelle, AR – Scott and Shannon Doerhoff talk about their son who turned from a outstanding student to being hooked on opioids which led to heroin abuse and death. This story also discusses how many drugs are purchased via the internet.

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL REQUIRING PRESCRIBERS TO MONITOR PRESCRIPTIONS

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law on Tuesday, April 11 which strengthens the monitoring of prescription medications. After the signing, Senate Bill 339 became Arkansas Act 820, which means prescribers of prescription medications are no longer just encouraged to monitor those prescriptions, it is now their legal duty.

Journey to Recovery

Monday, April 10, 2017
"OxyContin was my big thing when I was 13 years old,” he says. “It wasn’t until I got to 22 years old, I hit the bottom finally. I either had to change or something was going to change me, I knew it. It was no longer me saying it, it was just a fact.”

The Story of Albert Theodore Speed

Friday, March 17, 2017
"He was being looked at for a National Merit finalist. But like a lot of kids his age, Albert really went through adolescent change. He started wanting to do more things on his own."

Addicted Arkansas: Prescription Drug Abuse

Friday, March 17, 2017
More than 47,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2014. Arkansas contributes to this statistic, having the 25th highest death rate in the country.

Overdose Fatalities From Opioids Hit New Peaks

Thursday, March 16, 2017
The U.S. opioid crisis shows no sign of receding as a new year begins, with the latest data from several hard-hit cities and states showing overdose fatalities reaching new peaks as authorities scramble to stem the tide.

Ark. Legislators Considering Bills to Prevent Overprescribing Narcotics

Saturday, March 11, 2017

With drug deaths spiking, coroners call for action

Friday, March 03, 2017
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said the trend is alarming and it is getting worse. He said the use of fentanyl in heroin is particularly troubling. Users do not know what they are buying and what is mixed into their drugs and the extra potency is proving deadly.

Officials converge on Charlotte for heroin conference

Thursday, March 02, 2017
As law enforcement agencies make landmark heroin arrests in the greater Charlotte area, officials are converging on the city to talk about the issue.

ASU-Jonesboro hosts 'Speak Up-Speak Out' Workshop

Monday, February 27, 2017
On February, 9, 2017, Arkansas State University in Jonesboro hosted the William Christian Doerhoff Memorial Foundation’s inaugural Speak Up-Speak Out workshop and the focus was on the life-threatening dangers of illicit prescription drug use and illegal substance abuse on high school and college campuses.