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."