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Harm reduction
People who use drugs are at a dramatically higher risk of contracting blood borne pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis C, staph infections, and death. Harm reduction strategies including syringe access programs and safe consumption sites may reduce the transmission of infectious diseases and save lives, as well as connect at risk individuals to treatment resources. The evidence of harm reduction strategies should be evaluated as policies are developed to address and reduce the devastation of the opioid epidemic in our communities.

Narcotics Control Act
The Narcotics Control Act would establish a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), allowing health service providers to ensure that individuals are not given duplicate prescriptions for controlled substances, which may be misused or sold to others. The Narcotics Control Act would also reduce the likelihood of medications negatively interacting with one another. Many communities across the state have adopted this common sense policy locally to prevent misuse of and addiction to prescription medications in our communities. We encourage the Missouri General Assembly to take up and pass such legislation statewide.

State Funding for Naloxone
Anyone at risk of witnessing or experiencing an opioid overdose should have access to naloxone, the overdose reversal medication. As the opioid epidemic continues to grow, police and firefighters often arrive on the scene of an overdose before EMS. This is particularly true in our more rural communities. Many of these departments do not have the budget to purchase naloxone, and the existing grants are unable to meet the demand. Therefore, we ask that the Missouri General assembly provide funding for emergency responder agencies to purchase and equip their officers with naloxone.

 

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