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New web seminar to help combat opioid abuse

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday the beginning of an educational web portal designed to combat opioid abuse.

The web portal, called AR-IMPACT, was launched by the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) and offers a free, weekly education and consultation service from state health care providers.

"The opioid crisis is real, it's extremely severe. It's causing lots of problems and heartaches in our communities around the state but we're addressing it through a multitude of ways of looking at this problem," Dr. Greg Bledsoe, Arkansas Surgeon General, said.

The seminars will take place on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. and each seminar features specialists trained in various opioid-related issues.

"Much of this is about prescriber education it is about the role the physicians and how much to prescribe how to watch it how to be careful about it to minimize the chance of abuse," Hutchinson said.

A teleconference will be held following the presentations online, during which individualized feedback and approaches to treatment will be discussed.

For those who want to use the AR-IMPACT portal, click here.

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