Arkansas overdose deaths decrease by 13.4% according to CDC

May 15, 2024 | Little Rock, Arkansas

According to a report published by the CDC on Wednesday May 15, Arkansas has shown a 13.4% decrease in overdose deaths from 2022 to 2023. This is the sixth largest decrease in the country. Ahead of Arkansas are Indiana -17.9%, Kansas -16%, Maine -15.9%,  North Carolina -14.3%, Nebraska -24.7%.

“We are overjoyed to see that the combined efforts of the state, cities, and counties are making an impact in the state. Thank you to every Arkansan who has accepted the call to fight the opioid epidemic in our state. Moments like today make our efforts worth it,” says Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership Director Kirk Lane. Lane also notes that there is more to be done. “We have a long way to go. The numbers are still high, and even one overdose death is catastrophic,” he says.

ARORP like to take a moment to thank the Arkansans who have stepped up for our state. There is much more to be done, but your work is making a difference. Thank you for saving lives.


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