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.