Arkansas Drug Director – Arkansas Takeback

Arkansas Drug Director

Arkansas Drug Director Boyce Hamlet

Our Mission

To strengthen the state’s capacity to impact the outcomes of misuse and abuse, and trafficking of drugs, while empowering and educating Arkansans to take action.

Goals & Objectives

Building prevention efforts by equipping communities with resources, improving data collection, and supporting the use of evidence-based prevention strategies.

Improving data quality and tracking trends by collecting and analyzing data on opioid-related overdoses to better identify areas that need assistance and to evaluate prevention efforts.

Supporting healthcare providers and health systems with data, tools, and guidance for evidence-based decision-making to improve opioid prescribing and patient safety.

Partnering with public safety officials, including law enforcement, to educate and address the growing illicit drug problem.

Encouraging consumers to make safe choices about drugs and raising awareness about prescription opioid misuse and overdose.

Improving Medical Assisted Recovery by improving the education of providers to use Medical Assisted Treatment partnered with Peer Recovery

Improving our Drug Task Force Operations by updating and organizing the core of the DTF team as well as improving DTF operational training and collaboration.

Improving and updating Asset Forfeiture records by updating and organization of its record system

Working to protect our state by utilizing education as a key and legislation as a rule to protect Arkansans.

Arkansas Drug Director Boyce Hamlet was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson on August 29, 2022. Prior to the appointment, Hamlet served on the Arkansas Parole Board Commission since January 27, 2020. He also served as the chief criminal investigator for the 20th judicial district prosecuting attorney and was appointed as the  director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control-Enforcement Division in April of 2015.

Hamlet began his career with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as a dispatcher and was later promoted to patrolman. He served as an agent for the 20th judicial district Drug Task Force and was promoted to Chief Investigator. Other positions Hamlet served included as a Game Warden with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, an Arkansas Parole Officer in Little Rock, Arkansas and a Parole Officer in Jackson, Mississippi.

A native of Warren, Arkansas, Hamlet holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He attended The Citadel-The Military College of South Carolina where he pursued a Master’s Degree in Leadership. He later transferred to Oklahoma State University and studied Forensic Science. He is an alumnus of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy where he won the “Top Cop” award in 2007.

Hamlet also served on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Committee.

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