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Congressional delegation welcomes grant to combat opioid epidemic

Rick Crawford (Source: U. S. House of Representatives) Rick Crawford (Source: U. S. House of Representatives)
Sen. John Boozman (Source: U.S. Senate) Sen. John Boozman (Source: U.S. Senate)
Sen. Tom Cotton (Source: senate.gov) Sen. Tom Cotton (Source: senate.gov)
(KAIT) -

Arkansas’ congressional delegation applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announcement awarding a grant to the University of Arkansas Agricultural Extension Service.

The grant, valued at $321,912, is aimed to help prevent opioid abuse in rural Arkansas communities.

“For each opioid prescription in Arkansas, 114 pills on average are administered to a single individual, making our state’s prescription rate second in the nation. But in rural America, addiction treatment can be hard to administer, and the same tactics that work in urban areas aren’t as effective in places like the 1st District. A bill I introduced this Congress, the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act, is a strong complement to this grant and would prioritize funding for more projects like this that address addiction and recovery in rural Arkansas,” said Congressman Rick Crawford, 1st Arkansas congressional district. 

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,” Senator John 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,” Senator Tom Cotton said.

The grant, funded by NIFA's Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grant Program, will allow the Arkansas Agricultural Extension Service to partner with health providers and volunteers to develop complementary and alternative pain management plans with the goal to prevent opioid abuse.

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