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Opioids' rise in Arkansas has babies entering world going through withdrawal

Subscriber onlyFor years, Sasha Regan couldn't face the truth -- that she took drugs while she was pregnant, that she left her baby's health to chance. Continue reading...

Parents on opioids breaking families, taxing foster care

State agency starting to collect better data to get bigger picture of problem

Subscriber onlyThe influx of opioid painkillers in Arkansas has burdened the state's foster care system, with more children being removed from homes because of parental drug use than in previous years, officials say. Continue reading...

Little Rock teen who disrupted court sent to adult jail a week; punishment said to possibly break law

Subscriber onlyA 16-year-old boy was thrown into adult jail for a week after he disrupted Pulaski County Circuit Court proceedings. Continue reading...

Arkansas youth lockup worker fired after teen's escape

Subscriber onlyState officials fired a supervisor of a Harrisburg juvenile lockup last Thursday, five days after the short-lived escape of a teenage boy who had been detained there. Continue reading...

Opioid-makers gushed dollars to Arkansas doctors

Pills soon flowed, study finds

Subscriber onlyMakers of narcotic painkillers gave millions of dollars to Arkansas doctors between 2013 and 2016. At least 800 state residents died from opioid overdoses during the same period. Continue reading...

State opioid deaths not all tallied; system for investigating, reporting them deemed unreliable

Subscriber onlyState officials say the four-year death toll from opioid overdoses in Arkansas is likely higher than the 800 found in a federal database. Continue reading...

Court rejects Arkansas attorney general's request, won't pull prosecutor from opioid suit

Subscriber onlyIn a unanimous decision Friday, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied the attorney general's demand that a prosecuting attorney drop a lawsuit against opioid-makers that's similar to her own. Continue reading...

Rutledge opioid suit bid rejected

Won’t toss case, high court rules

Subscriber onlyIn a unanimous decision Friday, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied the attorney general's demand that a prosecuting attorney drop a lawsuit against opioid-makers that's similar to her own. Continue reading...

Filing pans Arkansas AG's bid to get 1 opioid suit tossed

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Leslie Rutledge's demand that a prosecuting attorney drop a lawsuit against opioid makers that's similar to her own drew harsh responses Wednesday from the leaders of a coalition of Arkansas county and city officials. Continue reading...

Makers hid opioids' dangers, lawsuits filed in Arkansas claim

2 cases key on marketing, doctor lobbying

Subscriber onlyTwo lawsuits filed in separate state courts this month say opioid-makers lied about the risks and benefits associated with their addictive painkillers through a deceitful marketing scheme for years. Continue reading...

State sues 3 firms over opioids crisis; AG alleges deceit to hawk pain pills

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Leslie Rutledge said she sued opioid manufacturers Thursday to "make them pay for what they have done to Arkansas." Continue reading...

Public housing upgrades in Little Rock expected to start in June

Subscriber onlyOfficials with Little Rock's public housing agency said Wednesday that multimillion-dollar renovations at three downtown housing towers will begin around June, after the project's magnitude prompted a months-long delay. Continue reading...

State, cities, counties sue opioid makers, suppliers

Subscriber onlyThe state and a coalition of 87 Arkansas counties and cities are suing the makers and distributors of addictive painkillers for their role in the opioid epidemic. Continue reading...

Youth justice on right path, Arkansas governor says

More services, fewer jailings seen as an end goal for state

Subscriber onlyArkansas' juvenile-justice system needs an overhaul, and progress is underway, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Juvenile justice overhaul in Arkansas a work in progress

Subscriber onlyArkansas' patchwork juvenile probation system needs an overhaul to treat children in the system more equitably, says a group of judges and youth advocates. Continue reading...