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Over 1,300 Register for Stop Overdose Summit, Attorney General Griffin Announces More Than $1 Million in Grants to Prevent and Treat Opioid Addiction

Griffin: ‘I will continue to identify lasting, long-term initiatives that will not only help us reduce overdose deaths to zero but keep them at zero for the next generation’

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Tim Griffin today announced two grants totaling more than $1 million to help prevent and treat opioid addiction in Arkansas as part of his keynote remarks at the Stop Overdose Summit, and issued the following statement:

“As Attorney General, I am committed to distributing the state’s share of opioid settlement money to programs that will protect Arkansans from overdoses, treat their addiction and advance our fight against this scourge.

“I am pleased to announce my office will use $232,880 in opioid settlement funds to supply state law enforcement and corrections officers with 5,680 life-saving naloxone kits. I am grateful for the assistance of State Drug Director Tom Fisher in identifying the state entities that need the kits to save Arkansans undergoing an opioid-related emergency.

“I am also granting $770,000 to Arkansas Mobile Opioid Recovery (ARMOR), a mobile health clinic program founded by Dr. Kristin Martin of Russellville that will work with rural and underserved community stakeholders and law enforcement to bring comprehensive addiction medicine directly to those who need it most.

“The fight to protect Arkansans and their families from the horrors of opioid addiction is on many fronts and calls for multiple strategies. I will continue to identify lasting, long-term initiatives that will not only help us reduce overdose deaths to zero but keep them at zero for the next generation.”

Over 1,300 people registered for the one-day event held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

About Attorney General Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin was sworn in as the 57th Attorney General of Arkansas on January 10, 2023, having previously served as the state’s 20th Lieutenant Governor from 2015-2023. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District, where he served on the House Committee on Ways and Means, House Armed Services Committee, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Ethics and House Committee on the Judiciary while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority.

Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for more than 27 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq.

He is currently serving as the Commander of the 2d Legal Operations Detachment in New Orleans, Louisiana. His previous assignments include serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment at Fort Liberty (née Bragg), North Carolina, and as a Senior Legislative Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Griffin earned a master’s degree in strategic studies as a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

Griffin also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush; Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arkansas; Senior Investigative Counsel, Government Reform and Oversight Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and Associate Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett, In re: HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway, and Tulane Law School in New Orleans. He attended graduate school at Oxford University. He is admitted to practice law in Arkansas (active) and Louisiana (inactive). Griffin attends Immanuel Baptist Church and lives in Little Rock with his wife, Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.