First Responders Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

Opioid overdose awareness and training

The First Responders Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FR CARA) funds programs to reduce opioid prescription rates and the prevalence of opioid use disorders.

The grant supports overdose prevention and referral services, including distribution and training to use naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose. 

Services funded through FR CARA are targeted to 22 counties across the Arkansas Delta.

  • Arkansas
  • Ashley
  • Bradley
  • Calhoun
  • Chicot
  • Clay
  • Cross
  • Desha
  • Drew
  • Greene
  • Independence
  • Jackson
  • Lawrence
  • Lee
  • Mississippi
  • Monroe
  • Phillips
  • Prairie
  • Randolph
  • St. Francis
  • Union
  • Woodruff

These three projects receive FR CARA funds:

Arkansas Naloxone Project

Provides education and health literacy training to improve communication between individuals and their doctors. The project also educates first responders on the signs of opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone, an overdose reversal medication. Doses of naloxone are provided to first responders and to families who have previously experienced an overdose.

“Don’t Run Call 911” Media Campaign

A statewide media campaign centered on calling 911 in the event of an overdose. The campaign highlights the danger of opioid misuse and the importance of speaking up about potential substance misuse.

Don’t Run. Call 911. Flyer


A free app, which provides access to training and instruction on life-saving naloxone and services for prevention, treatment, and recovery in Arkansas.

Narcansas Diagram

Download the app on Google Play

Download the app on Apple App Store