Opioid response initiative receives endorsements

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane recently endorsed Together Arkansas, an opioid response initiative.

The initiative was developed by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas.

“The opioid epidemic is one of the biggest threats to business and our economy today,” Curtis Barnett, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield president and CEO, said. “Not only has Kirk Lane been instrumental in raising awareness and combating the opioid crisis throughout Arkansas at the state’s highest level, he has been an important advisor for the Together Arkansas initiative. AG Rutledge has led the charge and raised the profile of helping stop illegal activity that keeps the Arkansas workforce vulnerable through opioid and other substance addiction. We’re pleased to have them carrying the banner for employers as they help their employees.”

Together Arkansas provides employers with free, online resources on how to prepare, prevent, and respond to the opioid crisis. The toolkit’s five modules cover legal and operational issues, best practices for drug testing, developing policies and procedures, responding to an employee’s misuse of harmful drugs, where to refer an employee who needs help and options for an employee to return to work.

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