Organization working to fight opioid crisis in South Arkansas

Local News

2018 September 26

America’s opioid crisis isn’t just a ‘city problem’ anymore!

Two years ago, more than 11,5 million tweens and adults reported misusing prescription opioids.

The Arkansas rural health partnership is trying to stop it.

It’s 11 rural hospitals focuses on educating healthcare workers and community members, and giving more people access to behavioral health services.  

The new grant money will help.

“We don’t want people to have to drive an hour, two and a half hours to get the services that people desperately need,” Cara Cox, Opioid Outreach Project Director. “Transportation is an issue; funds are an issue, so we know that if we can provide the services within the community, we know that this could be life-changing.”

Studies say Arkansas is number two in the nation for over-prescribing opioids.

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