Local leaders discuss opioid solutions
By Max Bryan
Southwest Times Record
Fort Smith and Sebastian County residents need to use innovative methods to prevent opioid overdose deaths, according to several local officials.
Law enforcement, health and nonprofit officials on Thursday night spoke in a town hall meeting on opioid overdose death prevention. The solutions they discussed involve using naloxone, laws that protect people who report overdoses and a designated number to call in non-emergency situations involving opioids.
Dr. John Lane of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences West, Marcus Thompson of Believe in Fort Smith, 12th and 21st District Drug Task Force director Paul Smith, Lori Lewis of Sparks Hospital, United Way of the Fort Smith Area president Eddie Lee Herndon and Prince Drug Store owner Daniel Lunsford participated in the panel.
“Hopefully, with multi-pronged solutions, we can solve the problem, or at least reduce it” Smith said. Read more.
MATERIALS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Plaintiffs' Omnibus Response to Defendants' Motions filed on Aug. 30, 2018.
Second Amended Complaint filed on April 2, 2018 in Crittenden County Circuit Court.
News Release announcing March 21, 2018 press conference.
News Release announcing April 6, 2018 Arkansas Supreme Court decision.
Watch video from the news conference announcing the lawsuit.
Opioid news conference photos.
Media Coverage of Arkansas Opioid Litigation
State aims to tackle addiction in the courtroom – Arkansas Money & Politics
Attorney: Governments seeking to recover 'probably...billions' from opioid companies – Talk Business & Politics
Arkansas cities, counties sue drug makers over opioid crisis — Associated Press
Other Media Coverage
Opioid-makers gushed dollars to Arkansas doctors — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Bitter Pill — Arkansas Times
Opioid crisis affects all Americans, rural and urban — U.S. Department of Agriculture
The opioid epidemic: A crisis years in the making — The New York Times
This joint report from National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC) examines how cities and counties can strengthen collaboration with each other and state, federal, private-sector and non-profit partners to tackle the opioid crisis. Several of the recommendations are accompanied by existing local practices from cities and counties. The report also includes recommendations for state and federal officials, who are pivotal partners in local efforts to combat opioid misuse, diversion, overdose and death.