Rutledge Attends Press Conference with Attorney General Sessions
February 27, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today appeared alongside U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and state Attorneys General from across the country to speak about the federal government’s plan to tackle the opioid epidemic and the Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Task Force.
“I am proud to work with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and my colleagues across the country to tackle the tragic and deadly battle against opioids,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is a complex epidemic that requires a multifaceted approach including education, treatment and enforcement. My office uses Prescription for Life to educate teens and parents about the dangers of prescription drug misuse. By partnering with local law enforcement on drug take-backs, we remove the dangers of parents and grandparents unknowingly becoming drug dealers for their loved ones.”
Attorney General Rutledge highlighted the extent of the opioid epidemic, noting that the problem knows no bounds and affects individuals of all backgrounds. Arkansas launched a first-in-the-nation Prescription for Life curriculum which teaches students about the dangers of prescription drugs and is available at no cost to participating schools. The Attorney General’s office also pairs with local law enforcement to offer prescription drug take-backs at each mobile office location.
Rutledge was joined by Attorneys General from Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. A full transcript of the press conference is available here.