Earlier this year, all 75 counties and dozens of cities across Arkansas joined forces and filed a lawsuit against 65 drug manufacturers and distributors. The state had decided opioid manufacturers and pill pushers should help pay for law enforcement costs, treatment, and addiction services for the epidemic they helped create. 

The case was hailed as a model for the nation. The counties reached out to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, and asked her to help. She not only refused, she turned her back on all 75 counties and tried to have their lawsuit dismissed in court.

Rutledge failed to help our local communities fight the opioid epidemic. On day one, Mike Lee will use the full powers of the attorney general’s office to bring solutions to the opioid crisis – and to help all local governments across the state.

Lee's approach will ensure that local governments and law enforcement have the funds they need to combat this epidemic.