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.


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.


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


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.