Red Ribbon Week Resources
- Chasing the Dragon Sign Up Form
- Chasing the Dragon Resource Guide
- Chasing the Dragon Viewing Day
- Alternative Education
- School-Based Health Centers
- Arkansas Dose of Reality
- Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators
- School-Based Health Alliance
- Arkansas School Counselors Association
- AR Take Back
- AR Connect
- Mental Health & Addiction Services in Arkansas
- Arkansas Attorney General
Resources for Addiction, Recovery, and Support
Opioid Addiction PSAs
Partnering with the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and State Drug Enforcement Director Kirk Lane, as well as the DEA and FBI, Arkansas PBS produced four public service announcements highlighting the toll opioids has had on Arkansas, and the programs and opportunities available to fight the problem of addiction in the state.
Two of the PSAs – “What Does Loss Look Like?” and “What Does Help Look Like?” – offer first-hand interviews. Community member Cynthia Edwards discusses the loss of a loved one to addiction, while Dr. Johnathan Goree, UAMS chronic pain specialist, details the help available through UAMS that might prevent similar loss in the future.
The remaining two PSAs examine state programs created to make reporting and recovering from opioid addiction in Arkansas much easier. “What Does Addiction Look Like?” highlights the importance and effectiveness of the recently-instituted, statewide "Good Samaritan” law, while “What Does Recovery Look Like?” provides information on Arkansas's Opioid Peer Recovery Network, now in its second year of operation.
In addition to the 4 PSAs, ArkansasPBS produced a longer version of "What Does Addiction Look Like?" for social media.
“Arkansas Week Special Edition: Opioid Crisis”
ArkansasIDEAS and ArkansasPBS have teamed up for Red Ribbon Week 2020 to produce “Arkansas Week Special Edition: Opioid Crisis” which aired Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. and addressed the ongoing opioid crisis in the state and the special measures Arkansas government and health care experts are taking to tackle the growing concern during the time of COVID-19.
Guests included DEA Little Rock Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Justin King, FBI Little Rock Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Scott Reinhardt, Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane, and Dr. Jonathan Goree of UAMS. Host Steve Barnes lead the discussion, which also featured a review of the FBI-produced documentary, “Chasing the Dragon.”
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