FORT SMITH, Ark. — – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge launched a new initiative to combat opioid addiction in high schools.
It’s the first program of its kind in the nation and is being implemented at Fort Smith Southside High School.
The initiative is called Prescription for Life.
The goal is to help students understand the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Rutledge says it’s free for participating schools, and to get the program, all they have to do is ask.
“We want every school, public, private, homeschoolers, to contact us. Let’s get this into your school system, let’s get these young people exposed to it. We will do the training, we will send educators out from the attorney general’s office to do the training,” Rutledge said.
The program is an extension of Rutledge’s prescription drug abuse prevention initiative.
Her office collected more than 300 pounds of unused drugs last year, and has collected more than half that already in 2017.