The Arkansas Children’s Research Institute will receive just over $516,000 to study the effects of opioid abuse on the development of children from before birth to the preteen years. The grant is part of the National Institutes of Health’s Healthy Brain and Childhood Development Study, in which Arkansas Children’s is one of five institutions participating. 

The Sebastian County Opioid Task Force is hosting a summit at Grace Community Church in Fort Smith this Friday from noon to 5 p.m. that includes four speakers. Seating is limited and registration is available here.

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Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, toured the region with U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of Rogers. Their visit included a discussion of the opioid epidemic and an effort to reduce new HIV infections in Arkansas.

During the last months, the Matt Adams Foundation for Opioid Recovery has distributed about 300 Naloxone kits to the community. The group is hosting a benefit concert May 19 at George's Majestic Lounge to help support their work.  

The conversation about how opioids can, and should, be prescribed continues in Arkansas. We have a special report from Karen Tricot Steward of our partner station KUAR in Little Rock.