Saturday, July 15, 2017

Greitens signs bill to combat opioid addiction

(From Gov. Eric Greitens)

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 and to receive security clearance.

Tuesday, July 18—Preventing Overdose Deaths
9:30 AM
9355 Olive Blvd,
St. Louis, MO 63132
Media should rsvp to

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

Thursday, July 21—Opioid Summit: Treating Addiction in Rural Missouri
8:00 AM
John A. & Genny Morris Conservation Center, White Room,
600 W Sunshine Street,
Springfield 65807


Harvey Hutchinson said...

Very Important, Governor Greitens!!
You are doing a fantastic job in all areas!

Keep up the good work, and we ( with God's help) make Missouri Great again!!!!

Harvey Hutchinson 303-522-6622 voice&text 24/7

Anonymous said...

Ugh, can we stop with the let's make X great again? Unless you can show me examples of when any of it was great, which you can't, so let's focus on making it great the first time.