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ARMOR Initiative will Combat Opioid Crisis in Rural Arkansas


Little Rock, Arkansas – November 8th, 2023 – River Valley Medical Wellness, a leading provider of integrated healthcare services, is proud to announce the creation of Arkansas Mobile Opioid Recovery (ARMOR), a pioneering non-profit dedicated to confronting the opioid epidemic head-on. ARMOR has been honored with a substantial grant from the Arkansas Attorney General, Tim Griffin, to facilitate a mobile unit that will extend critical opioid abatement services to rural communities throughout Arkansas.


The grant, which underscores the Attorney General's commitment to battling the opioid crisis, will enable ARMOR to deploy a specialized mobile unit designed to deliver top-tier opioid treatment services directly to areas where such resources are scarce or non-existent. This initiative reflects River Valley Medical Wellness's dedication to not only providing exceptional healthcare but also ensuring that such care reaches those most in need.


"Access to comprehensive addiction medicine services should be a right, not a privilege, and should not be limited by one's zip code," said Dr. Kristin Martin, owner of River Valley Medical Wellness. "Thanks to the generous support from Attorney General Tim Griffin, ARMOR is set to bridge the gap between rural Arkansans and the quality healthcare services they deserve."


The mobile unit is a game-changer for rural residents, who have been disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis and often encounter barriers to accessing treatment. With the mobility and flexibility to reach remote areas, ARMOR aims to provide a range of services, including:

  • Opioid addiction assessments

  • On-site medical consultations

  • Individualized treatment planning

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder

  • Counseling and Peer Recovery Support services

  • Follow-up care and monitoring



ARMOR aligns with River Valley Medical Wellness's holistic approach to healthcare, emphasizing the importance of addressing the full spectrum of patient needs, from diagnosis to long-term wellness. This endeavor will empower individuals and communities to overcome addiction and its associated challenges.


"We believe in healing and hope, and ARMOR is a testament to that belief," added Tucker Martin, Chief Operating Officer at River Valley Medical Wellness. "Together with the Attorney General's office and our community partners, we are taking a significant step towards a future where every Arkansan has the opportunity to live a life free from Opioid Use Disorder."


For more information on ARMOR and the services provided by River Valley Medical Wellness, please contact Tucker Martin, Chief Operating Officer, at (833) 479-4325 or tucker@rvmwellness.com


About River Valley Medical Wellness

River Valley Medical Wellness is an independently owned medical practice devoted to the health and well-being of families throughout all stages of life. Offering a wide range of services from diagnostic tests to chronic disease management and addiction medicine, River Valley Medical Wellness is committed to providing practical solutions for complex healthcare needs.


About Kristin Martin, DO, MS, FAAFP, FASAM, FACOFP


Dr. Kristin Martin is recognized for her dedication to providing quality healthcare solutions for rural Arkansans. Graduating from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Dr Martin is trained as a Doctor of Osteopathy and completed her family medicine residency through the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


Dr. Martin is committed to providing quality healthcare solutions for the citizens of Arkansas. Her commitment has been demonstrated by her work with emergency departments, hospitals, and clinics in a number of cities throughout the state. She believes that every patient deserves access to high quality healthcare, regardless of their zip code or income.


Dr. Martin is an accomplished osteopathic physician with extensive experience in emergency medicine, family medicine, and addiction medicine. She serves as a board member for AFMC (Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care) and the Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association. Additionally, Dr. Martin has adjunct faculty appointments at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University.


Noted for her dedication to medical education and patient care, Dr. Martin was presented the George Bean, D.O. Memorial Outstanding Physician Award by the Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association in August of 2022.


About Attorney General Tim Griffin


Tim Griffin was sworn in as the 57th Attorney General of Arkansas on January 10, 2023, having previously served as the state’s 20th Lieutenant Governor from 2015-2023. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District, where he served on the House Committee on Ways and Means, House Armed Services Committee, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Ethics and House Committee on the Judiciary while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority.


Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for more than 27 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq.


Griffin attends Immanuel Baptist Church and lives in Little Rock with his wife, Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.


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