New Informational Tools

The Arkansas State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (AR-SEOW) recently posted new resources on the PreventionWorks website. Informational tools created through AR-SEOW highlight substance use data. All tools are available for download from the website, or you can request free printed versions through the website or by contacting us.

Upcoming Events

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This goal of this month is to “create awareness about developmental disabilities” and to “tell stories of people who live with a disability and show their lives.” For more information, visit the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities website and follow using the hashtag #DDawareness17.

Arkansas Prevention Summit
Save the date for the Arkansas Prevention Summit. May 3-5, 2017

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Region 1 Rx Drug Drop Off Locations
Regional prevention representatives, Laurie Reh and Codi McCuistion, for Region 1 worked with Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties to promote installation of permanent Rx drug drop boxes. Rx drug drop boxes allows the proper disposal of drugs and is one of several activities communities can take to aid in the prevention of Rx drug misuse. Region 1 created a directory to distribute to their community members to promote discarding of old or unused Rx drugs. This is an excellent resource for their counties and serves as an example activity that community members or prevention specialists can implement in their own area.

Top 5 Ways Ensure Proper Rx Drug Use

  1. Follow the directions on the label or explained by the pharmacist
  2. Be aware of potential interactions with other drugs and alcohol
  3. Never stop or change a dosing regimen without consulting a doctor
  4. Never use another person’s prescription and never give prescription drugs to others
  5. Store prescription drugs safely

Did you know?

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Arkansas has the highest rate of 12-17 year olds who use pain relievers for nonmedical use.

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