Arkansas makes strides in fight against opioid addiction

    The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement announced yesterday that the Natural State has made progress in expanding opioid overdose treatment.

    The ACHI study showed that prescription use of naloxone is up to 4,848 users in 2021, where 2017 saw only 86 prescription users across the state.  At the same time, prescription use of opioids is down across Arkansas with only 238,774 users which constitutes a drop of about 38% from 2017.

    Naloxone, originally known as the nasal spray “Narcan”, is now available under different brands and can be injected or inhaled.

    The NaloxHome program, launched on May 31, is now at 21 state hospitals.  NaloxHome provides naloxone free of charge to patients who have previously overdosed or are at risk of overdose.

    The ACHI used information from the Arkansas All-Payer Claims Database to study opioid use across the state.

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