Education Programs

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Prescription drug misuse and abuse continues to be a growing problem exacerbated by the availability of drugs in homes of friends and family.
Listen to Rutledge Report podcast on prescription drug abuse prevention

School districts are invited to participate

FBI Screening
"Chasing The Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict"

Red Ribbon Week -- opioid drug awareness day
Wednesday, October 28, 2020


Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The enhanced Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit offered virtually will include plenary and breakout sessions, as well as an attendee lounge to network. Breakout tracks will include a new family track in addition to clinical, criminal justice, counseling/recovery and education/prevention.

This is a free training for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, pharmacists and educators. Members of the general public may also participate to hear from experts regarding prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment.

In addition to the Attorney General’s Office, the Summit is sponsored by the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Arkansas State Police, Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, Office of the State Drug Director, Rotary Clubs of Arkansas, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Arkansas State Medical Board, University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock MidSouth School of Social Work.

An agenda will be released closer to the event. Register today as space is limited. For questions, contact Rachel Ellis at 501-682-3645 or


Mobile Office Prescription Collections

Mobile office take back news conference

With the help of Col. Bill Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police, and law enforcement, General Rutledge announced prescription drug take backs at mobile offices in all 75 counties.

Picture with sheriff's deputies and take back boxAs part of each county Mobile Office, the Attorney General’s office partners with a local law enforcement agency to collect prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples as part of a prescription drug take back event.

View mobile office schedule.

Take Back Days

Benton Police Department Take Back DayFederal, State and local law enforcement agencies participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Days held each spring and fall. Arkansans can safely dispose of their unused prescriptions at collection sites located across Arkansas.

Benton Police Department Take Back Day The sites are staffed by law enforcement officers. By securely disposing of unused prescription drugs, Arkansans can help the fight against prescription drug abuse and keep pills out of the hands of abusers, and the drugs are securely disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

Visit the Arkansas Take Back website for information about the events, year-round drop-off locations and ways to help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services can advise Arkansans of drug-prevention resources available in each county. That office may be reached at 501-686-9030.

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