Arkansans Ask

'Arkansans Ask’ to address opioid addiction Aug. 17

Addiction and deaths related to opioids – drugs prescribed to treat moderate and severe pain – continue to rise in Arkansas. Expert guests will discuss the facts behind the state's situation, treatment options and available resources. Panelists include: Arkansas State Drug Director Kirk Lane; John Kirtley, Pharm.D., executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy; Dr. Michael Mancino, M.D., program director of the Center for Addiction Services and Treatment, UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute; and William Scott Doerhoff, executive director of the William Christian Doerhoff Memorial Foundation. Veteran journalist Steve Barnes will host.

Viewers may submit questions and comments during the live broadcast at 800-662-2386, paffairs@aetn.org or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

  • Arkansans Ask: Consumer Fraud
    For 15 years, identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints. This episode of "Arkansans Ask" will discuss consumer fraud, different types of fraud and scams, and how to protect personal information.
  • Arkansans Ask: High Blood Pressure
    Arkansas ranks 1st with highest heart attack mortality and 5th with highest stroke mortality in the Nation. High blood pressure is a major contributing risk factor. This episode will discuss high blood pressure - how to keep it under control, the risk factors, prevention and intervention programs. 
  • Arkansans Ask: Children & Disasters
    Explores child-focused disaster preparedness, community resilience and steps any household can take to become better prepared for all emergencies. It also provides insight, guidance and resources to help protect children before, during and after disasters.
  • Arkansans Ask: Parks and Tourism
    Arkansas is home to 52 state parks, many attractions and special events: learn what they have to offer in a special episode of "Arkansans Ask." Representatives of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism will join host Steve Barnes live in studio to discuss the growing industry of tourism and its importance to the state's economy.
  • Arkansans Ask: Medical Marijuana
    In November 2016, Arkansans passed Issue 6, which legalized marijuana for medical use in the state. But what does that mean for the average person? A panel of experts discuss what medical marijuana’s legality means for you, the development of dispensaries and cultivation facilities, and what the amendment calls for moving forward.
  • Arkansans Ask: Diabetes
    More than 29 million adults in the the United States are living with diabetes and 25% of them don't even know it according to the Centers for Disease Control.  We will address the symptoms, risks, and how to manage living with this chronic disease.
  • Arkansans Ask: Vaccinations
    AETN examines the importance of vaccinations. With the upcoming flu season and the recent mumps outbreak, people are discussing which vaccinations are needed and searching for answers to questions regarding effectiveness, access and boosters.
  • Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind
    More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 2010. Immediate or extended family members have become the caregivers of these children. "Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind" gives voice to those affected by incarceration, including children, caregivers and advocates.
  • Arkansans Ask: Adult Education
    Adult education in Arkansas includes an array of programs that can help improve education and job readiness. A panel including staff from the Arkansas Department of Career Education will discuss these options, as well as how and where to get involved with adult learning in the state.
  • Arkansans Ask: Arkansas Department of Human Services
    This program looks at the direction and challenges of the Arkansas Department of Human Services and how they serve the state.
Arkansans Ask

"Arkansans Ask" is an AETN call-in program that addresses current affairs and issues relevant to Arkansans. A host and panel of experts discuss the chosen topic, and viewers are invited to submit questions and comments. To join the discussion viewers may call 1-800-662-2386, email paffairs@aetn.org, or tweet #ARASK.

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