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.