Arkansas Opioid Database Coming

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The state of Arkansas is using an almost $1 million Department of Justice grant to create a statewide database for opioid abuse and deaths, but the system will depend on the voluntary compliance of 75 county coroners.

The $999,979 grant over three years is helping the state create a comprehensive data repository system allowing law enforcement, health care professionals, policymakers and others to better track those opioid incidents. It was awarded last September to the Arkansas Drug Director’s Office, with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care serving as a subrecipient. AFMC is creating the database.

Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane said he hopes the database is available for use within the next 3-6 months. The grant money also will be used for training.      MORE

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