Chief Kirk Lane received the 2012 Marie Interfaith Civic Leadership Award Monday in a ceremony at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.
Chief Lane led his community in a prescription drug take-back program that has taken in over a ton of prescription drugs. As part of these efforts the program saw prescription drug overdose deaths drop by half after one year after instituting a permanent drop-off box, and designing and distributing informative booklets to citizens on the potential dangers.
The Marie Interfaith Civic Leadership Award dates back to 2004, when Paul and Irving Spitzberg started it to honor their mother, the late Marie Spitzberg. Growing up, they saw a positive role model in her values and civic activities in partnership with their father, Dr. Irving Spitzberg. Marie lived interfaith leadership in her service to all regardless of religion or economic circumstances.
The award recognizes leaders from different faiths and different segments of the community who address important issues and problems facing Arkansas and our nation. It encapsulates Marie Spitzberg's lifelong willingness to speak her mind and stand up for what she believed.
This year's issue for the award is "Killer in the Medicine Cabinet: Prescription Drug Abuse by Teens."
Past recipients of the Marie Award include such individuals as State Sen. Joyce Elliott and former U.S. Senator David Pryor.
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