Is Prescription Drug Abuse a Problem in Arkansas?
The abuse of prescription drugs continues to be a growing problem throughout the United States. The problem has been exacerbated by the availability of drugs in homes of friends and family. The state of Arkansas and the State Police have worked with local communities organizing drug take-back programs at mobile offices in all 75 counties. The mobile offices and the Attorney General's office partner with local law enforcement and collect prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and any other type of medication that is no longer being abused. However, despite buyback programs, there are many people struggling with a prescription drug abuse problem.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2017 Arkansas providers wrote 105.4 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons. This was nearly two-times greater than the average rate in the United States, which is 58.7 prescriptions for every 100 persons. Nine of the 75 counties in the state had opioid prescribing rates that were higher than the national average. At one point the prescribing rate in the state had gone up to 114.6 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons. Several of the counties in the state had a prescribing rate of 130 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons, which is more than double the national average. The focus in Arkansas has been to reduce this prescribing rate and help opioid addicts get the treatment they need.
If you are struggling with an addiction to prescription opioids, it is important to reach out for help. Throughout the state are different inpatient and outpatient drug rehab centers, and detox programs to help people struggling with addiction. Opioid addiction requires a medical detox to start, followed by long-term inpatient treatment, which is the best treatment solution for opioid addiction. If opioid addiction is not treated right away, the problem does progressively become worse.