Rutledge Celebrates Prescription for Life Milestone
April 18, 2018
More than 6,000 students in 57 schools have participated
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that more than 6,000 students across Arkansas have participated in the first-in-the-nation Prescription for Life program.
“Students across the state are learning about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and misuse thanks to Prescription for Life,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am proud to fully fund this lifesaving program and thrilled that we have already reached more than 6,000 students. The program is opening a dialogue about the epidemic that is impacting people across our State, especially high school students. I look forward to more students and schools signing up for this important educational tool.”
The Attorney General’s office covers the cost of Prescription for Life, a first-of-its-kind digital platform offered to all high school students in Arkansas. Since the program’s launch in September, it has been introduced in 57 schools across 50 counties with an additional 24 schools committed to launching the program this fall.
Prescription for Life is just one step in Rutledge’s multi-faceted approach to ending the opioid crisis. Rutledge is also suing the opioid manufacturers who created the crisis in Arkansas for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Arkansas Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act. Each year, Rutledge partners with a number of agencies in hosting the Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit, a free training and educational opportunity for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, pharmacists and educators. And in addition to the bi-annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day, scheduled for April 28 this year, Rutledge began partnering in 2016 with local law enforcement across the State to provide prescription drug take back boxes at every mobile office, held annually in all 75 counties. So far this year, more than 40 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected and disposed of safely – keeping them out of the hands of children and those with addictions.