New Informational Tools
The Arkansas State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (AR-SEOW) recently posted new resources on the Prevention Works 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.
Arkansas Drug Take Back Event
The Fall 2017 Arkansas Drug Take Back Event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, surpassing vehicle fatality accidents by nearly 18,000 deaths. Twice a year, law-enforcement agencies throughout Arkansas host drug Take-Back events at various locations to encourage the safe disposal of unused or expired medications. The events also provide education about the dangers of letting prescription medications fall into the wrong hands. Click here to find a participating drop off location near you and visit the Arkansas Take Back website for more information.
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month in October highlights the vital role of substance abuse prevention in individual and community health efforts. The observance also remembers those who lost their lives to substance abuse. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “27.1 million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug in the past 30 days, which corresponds to about 1 in 10 Americans (10.1 %).” Prevention strategies help us address the root causes of abuse, curb drug use and help people lead healthier lives. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website for more information.
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