LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is tackling the nationwide opioid epidemic from multiple epidemics from multiple different sources.
According to a report from Little Rock NBC Affiliate KARK, Arkansas has the second highest opioid prescription rate in the United States. That means for every 100 people, there are about 115 prescriptions, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Researchers at UAMS are determining how they can stop the addiction on the front end and cure the addiction on the back end.
Research has found giving patients no more than a three day supply helps cut the possibility of addiction.
"We try to use a lot of alternative medications to narcotics," Rawle Seupaul, UAMS professor, said. "A lot more anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, physical therapy recommendations, heat, and other techniques to reduce the need for opioid prescribing."
UAMS is also starting a new opioid research and treatment program for Arkansan's addicted to opioids.