You may be surprised to learn that prescription opioid (or narcotic) abuse is a big problem in the State of Arkansas. You are not alone. That’s why the Arkansas Department of Health, in conjunction with Arkansas Department of Human Services and other partners across the state, is sharing a DOSE OF REALITY and working to prevent prescription painkiller abuse in Arkansas. When prescribed and used properly, prescription opioid painkillers can offer relief. However, anyone is at risk of becoming addicted, especially our young people ages 12-25.
Deaths and hospitalizations from overdoses are increasing, and we all need to work together and do something about it. This DOSE OF REALITY site will help in that effort. Use it to find out how you can do your part in preventing prescription painkiller abuse in Arkansas.
ADH Director and State Health Officer, Dr. Nate Smith, and DHS Director Cindy Gillespie, discuss the opioid epidemic in Arkansas and introduce DOSE OF REALITY to address opioid abuse and misuse.