- Gov. Asa Hutchinson: Opioid abuse, addiction a 'serious problem' in Arkansas. But please do not tell a half truth. There are not enough prescription opoids around to create an Opoid Epidemic, unless you want to clearly target the county China who is killing our citizens. The Government reports, DEA and other going back as far as 2013 are on this site. Its a covert war and maybe America has become to weak to fight the communist nation who is causing this and the rich and powerful monopolizing on this tragedy.
https://katv.com/news/political/arkansa ... -hall?fbcl
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and news personality Eric Bolling, along with drug experts from around the country, discussed the opioid crisis Tuesday in a town hall event hosted by KATV Channel 7 News.
- "Opioid addiction, opioid abuse is a serious problem in Arkansas," Hutchinson said.
- There were nearly 115 opioid prescriptions per 100 people in Arkansas in 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was the second-highest opioid prescription rate in the country.
"The over-prescribing is a serious problem by physicians and they have turned it around, they're being more cautious," Hutchinson said.
Huchinson said the state has also helped equip first responders with naloxone, the anti-overdose medication. The state has also started a program for people to safely dispose of prescription pills that have expired or are no longer needed.
Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The department declared a public health emergency in 2017.
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- Bolling's 19-year-old son died from an accidental overdose the same year. He said his son died after taking a Xanax pill that was laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be up to 100 times as strong as morphine. China is one of the main sources of fentanyl in the U.S., according to federal authorities.
When asked what President Donald Trump could do to help Arkansas fight the opioid crisis, Hutchinson praised Trump's efforts to increase border security. But he said Arkansas needs help in other areas.
"Our drug task forces are very important and the funding for those have been cut," Hutchinson said.
Also participating in the discussion were Kirk Lane, Arkansas Drug Director; Mark Hayes, Director of the Arkansas Municipal League; psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Taylor and Liberty University professor David Jenkins, director of the school's addiction counseling program.