Governor Greitens Takes Action to Address Opioid Epidemic

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July 14, 2017

Governor Greitens Takes Action to Address Opioid Epidemic

Today, Governor Eric Greitens signed SB 501, a bill to provide tools to fight opioid addiction. SB 501 gives approval for the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services to issue an order making life-saving medication to reverse the fatal effects of opioid overdoses available across the state. It provides patients in drug courts and veterans courts the option to receive medication-assisted substance abuse treatment under the care of a physician, without violating the conditions of their program. It also allows anyone who, in good faith, seeks emergency assistance in the case of a drug overdose to do so without threat of prosecution related to possession. There would be no protection from prosecution for the sale of illegal drugs. Responding officers will provide the caller with information on drug treatment programs.

“The opioid crisis in Missouri has taken the lives of hundreds of mothers, fathers, and children. It strikes in our cities and our rural communities. It destroys relationships and drives crime. We must take bold action to address it. I am proud to sign this legislation today. It is a critical step in this mission. Next week, as a state, we will take further action to combat the opioid epidemic,” said Governor Eric Greitens.

The Governor will host several events next week to lay out new actions that the state of Missouri is taking to address the opioid crisis. That schedule is laid out below.

Monday, July 17 – Preventing Prescription Addiction
10:00 AM
Express Scripts Technology and Innovation Center
4600 North Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO. 63134
Media must RSVP to [email protected] and [email protected] to receive security clearance.

Tuesday, July 18—Preventing Overdose Deaths
9:30 AM
​NCADA
9355 Olive Blvd,
St. Louis, MO 63132
Media should RSVP to [email protected]

Wednesday, July 19—Combating Drug Traffickers
1:30 PM
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport
860 Limbaugh Drive,
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Media should RSVP to [email protected]

Thursday, July 20—Opioid Summit: Treating Addiction in Rural Missouri
8:00 AM
John A. & Genny Morris Conservation Center, White Room,
600 W Sunshine Street,
Springfield, MO 65807
Media should RSVP to [email protected]. Additional details on the Opioid Summit will be available from the Department of Health and Senior Services soon.

Friday, July 21—Treating Addiction in our Cities
The Governor will be in the Kansas City region on Friday, July 22 to discuss the impact of drug courts on addiction treatment. Details on this event are forthcoming.