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.


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.


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


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.


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.