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Sebastian County overdose deaths increased 220% from 2019 to 2020, new clinic hoping to help


The increase in the River Valley is being blamed on a lack of resources for those addicted to opioids to get help.


By Micah Wilson
5 News Online

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Opioid-related deaths in the Natural State have been on the rise over the last few years. One of the areas to see the highest increase in Arkansas is the River Valley.

“In Sebastian County, we had an overdose death increase of 220% from 2019 to 2020,” said Dan Goulette, regional provider leader for Ideal Option, an addiction treatment center.

The increase in the River Valley is being blamed on a lack of resources for those addicted to opioids to get help. Aaron Bunch, the community outreach coordinator for Ideal Option Arkansas, says, “A lot of this comes from COVID-19.” Saying it was, unfortunately, a “perfect storm” for people to begin to use opioids. READ MORE.

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