Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
Prescription drug misuse and abuse continues to be a growing problem exacerbated by the availability of drugs in homes of friends and family.
Listen to Rutledge Report podcast on prescription drug abuse prevention
"Chasing The Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict"
Red Ribbon Week -- opioid drug awareness day
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
The enhanced Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit offered virtually will include plenary and breakout sessions, as well as an attendee lounge to network. Breakout tracks will include a new family track in addition to clinical, criminal justice, counseling/recovery and education/prevention.
This is a free training for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, pharmacists and educators. Members of the general public may also participate to hear from experts regarding prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment.
In addition to the Attorney General’s Office, the Summit is sponsored by the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Arkansas State Police, Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, Office of the State Drug Director, Rotary Clubs of Arkansas, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Arkansas State Medical Board, University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock MidSouth School of Social Work.
An agenda will be released closer to the event. Register today as space is limited. For questions, contact Rachel Ellis at 501-682-3645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile Office Prescription Collections
As part of each county Mobile Office, the Attorney General’s office partners with a local law enforcement agency to collect prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples as part of a prescription drug take back event.
Take Back Days
Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Days held each spring and fall. Arkansans can safely dispose of their unused prescriptions at collection sites located across Arkansas.
The sites are staffed by law enforcement officers. By securely disposing of unused prescription drugs, Arkansans can help the fight against prescription drug abuse and keep pills out of the hands of abusers, and the drugs are securely disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Visit the Arkansas Take Back website for information about the events, year-round drop-off locations and ways to help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services can advise Arkansans of drug-prevention resources available in each county. That office may be reached at 501-686-9030.