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Media Alert – Save AR Students Rally at Capitol Kicks Off Week Focused on Preventing Substance Misuse


For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2021

Media Contacts

Amy Webb, Chief of Communications

Gavin Lesnick, Deputy Chief Communications

Media Advisory:
Save AR Students Rally at Capitol Kicks Off Week
Focused on Preventing Substance Misuse

What: Save AR Students 2021 Kickoff Rally
When: Monday, April 19, 2021, at 10 a.m.
Where: Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane Street in Little Rock

More Details:
Join Governor Asa Hutchinson, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, State Drug Director Kirk Lane, and others on the steps of the State Capitol on April 19 to help end substance misuse for the college students of Arkansas. The rally will kick off Save AR Students week in Arkansas, which engages college students, their families, collegiate faculty and administration, and all Arkansans to learn how to prevent substance misuse in collegiate communities. The event is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS).

  • Speakers on Monday will include:
  • Governor Asa Hutchinson
  • Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General
  • Kirk Lane, State Drug Director
  • Dr. Gregory H. Bledsoe, Surgeon General
  • Frank Scott Jr., Mayor of Little Rock
  • Tenesha Barnes, DAABHS Prevention, Substance Abuse Prevention Director
  • Steven Gray, DAABHS Prevention, Substance Abuse Collegiate Program Coordinator
  • Alex Smith, Harbor House Inc., Lead Representative of Region 11
  • Angelique Francis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Trojans Women’s Basketball Player
  • Kimberly Ashley-Pauley, University of Central Arkansas, Research Compliance Officer
  • Kyle Brewer, NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, Peer Specialist Program Manager

Learn more about the Save AR Students campaign and participating partners statewide here.

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