Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
February 1st, 2018 • News

February 1, 2018

  • The Arkansas Municipal League and the Association of Arkansas Counties have taken their fight against drug abuse to the next level – they have filed suit in federal court against the manufacturers of painkillers known as opioids.
  • The lawsuits allege that drug manufacturers used false information and deceptive promotions to conceal from doctors the dangers of opioid use.
  • he Arkansas cities and counties claim that we now have a public health crisis, as well as an enormous strain on law enforcement agencies, because of years of deceptive marketing. For example, the risk of addiction to painkillers is much more serious than the companies advertised.
  • Last year we passed Act 820, which requires doctors to check the drug program before prescribing the most serious of painkillers. Any government regulation that affects the practice of medicine has to be written very carefully, so as not to limit the ability of physicians to treat their patients.That’s why Act 820 gives physicians, nurses, dentists, osteopaths, optometrists and pharmacists a voice on the governing board of the drug monitoring program.
  • The attorney general has stepped up a separate lawsuit against drug manufacturers to slow the steady flood of painkillers into Arkansas. According to the AG’s office, overdoses took the lives of 400 Arkansans in 2016.
  • the attorney general’s investigation is focusing on drug manufacturers, not on prescribing physicians. Because we are working together on many levels, we can win this battle without infringing on the rights of physicians or their patients.
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