Arkansas Congressional Delegation Welcomes Opioid Announcement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack, and Bruce Westerman, welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announcement that it is awarding a grant to the University of Arkansas Agricultural Extension Service aimed at helping prevent opioid abuse among Arkansans in rural communities.

“The opioid crisis has been devastating and has resulted in a dramatic spike in our state’s overdose rate. Residents of rural areas are sometimes the most likely to lack access to the care and services needed to treat addiction. This grant will help providers and patients find creative ways to deliver treatments and prevent misuse and abuse of opioids,” Boozman said.

“The opioid crisis is destroying lives and families across our state, and it’s time we fought back. This grant is a good step forward that will promote education and partnerships with healthcare providers in our rural communities to help them prevent abuse and recover from this crisis,” Cotton said.   MORE

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