2017 Arkansas Code
Title 20 - Public Health and Welfare
Subtitle 4 - Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics
Chapter 64 - Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Subchapter 11 - Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention
§ 20-64-1101. Findings -- Purpose

Universal Citation: AR Code § 20-64-1101 (2017)
  • (a) The General Assembly finds:
    • (1) There is a great need to develop and recommend long-range alternative means for reducing the ever-growing and costly demands on the substance abuse treatment and criminal justice systems in the State of Arkansas;
    • (2) Research models have demonstrated that the prevention of early initiation into alcohol and drug use and other risky behaviors requires a sustained community-wide effort;
    • (3) Community-wide substance abuse prevention efforts must target the life spectrum and must include efforts to curb the misuse of common household products, over-the-counter medications, prescription medicines, alcohol, and illegal substances;
    • (4) To date, very few state resources have been invested to prevent one of the most ubiquitous and costly issues confronting our state, that is, substance abuse;
    • (5) Most substance abuse prevention efforts within Arkansas have been at the mercy of the federal government rather than at the direction of the state; and
    • (6) Consequently, as federal resources wane, so do substance abuse prevention efforts throughout this state.
  • (b) The purpose of this subchapter is the improvement of substance abuse prevention programs in the state.
  • (c) This section shall expire on September 30, 2017.
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