Arkansas Drug Director

Thank you for visiting this website & learning about our mission & how together we can accomplish our mission through Education, Empowerment, Encouragement, & Enhancing prevention efforts. Collaboration is essential for success in the prevention of opioid overdose deaths.

Medical personnel, emergency departments, first responders, public safety officials, mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, community-based organizations, public health, and members of the community: You all bring awareness, resources, and expertise to address this complex and fast-moving problem that preys on Arkansans daily.

Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane

Our Mission

To strengthen the state’s capacity to impact the outcomes of misuse and abuse, and trafficking of drugs, while empowering and educating Arkansans to take action.

Goals & Objectives

Building prevention efforts by equipping communities with resources, improving data collection, and supporting the use of evidence-based prevention strategies.

Improving data quality and tracking trends by collecting and analyzing data on opioid-related overdoses to better identify areas that need assistance and to evaluate prevention efforts.

Supporting healthcare providers and health systems with data, tools, and guidance for evidence-based decision-making to improve opioid prescribing and patient safety.

Partnering with public safety officials, including law enforcement, to educate and address the growing illicit drug problem.

Encouraging consumers to make safe choices about drugs and raising awareness about prescription opioid misuse and overdose.

Improving Medical Assisted Recovery by improving the education of providers to use Medical Assisted Treatment partnered with Peer Recovery

Improving our Drug Task Force Operations by updating and organizing the core of the DTF team as well as improving DTF operational training and collaboration.

Improving and updating Asset Forfeiture records by updating and organization of its record system

Working to protect our state by utilizing education as a key and legislation as a rule to protect Arkansans.

Arkansas State Drug Director Kirk Lane was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson on August 7, 2017. Prior to the appointment, Director Lane served as the Chief of Police for the City of Benton, Arkansas. Director Lane began his law enforcement career in 1982. In 1986, he went to work for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years rising to the rank of Captain. In January of 2009, Lane retired from Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office as the Investigation Division Commander and was appointed the Chief of Police of the Benton Police Department until his retirement in August of 2017.

He attended the University of Virginia and University of Arkansas-Little Rock. He is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Commander’s Academy, FBI LEEDA and the FBI National Academy 197th session.

He has served on board of the Criminal Justice Institute and represented Arkansas for the Regional Organized Crime Information Center. He also was the Chairman of the Arkansas Chief’s Association Legislative Committee.

Director Lane currently serves as the Chairperson of the Arkansas Alcohol and Drug Coordinating Council; Serves on the Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Board; and the National Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. He is an active member of the Arkansas State Working Group for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and received the 2012 Marie Interfaith Leadership Award for his work in this area.