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Arkansas Making Strides Against Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse

At a recent Prescription Drug Summit in Little Rock, Arkansas, local law enforcement and state agencies were working towards finding solutions to the prescription drug abuse epidemic.”Our state has historically had one of the largest problems of prescription drug abuse – especially by children – of anywhere in the nation. By the time Arkansas high school students have reached their senior year, roughly one in five have abused prescription drugs,” said Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel in a press release. McDaniel believes that education and awareness about prescription drug abuse will help alleviate the problem, and is celebrating some progress in the fight against prescription drug abuse in his state. “Over the past three years, youth abuse rates have dropped and we are working to continue this welcome trend. Arkansas has conducted three successful prescription drug take back events that have yielded over twelve tons of no longer needed medications from family medicine cabinets in Arkansas.”

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