Press Release: Local Emergency Responders Announce New Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis

For Immediate Release
Contact: Brandon Costerison
314-962-3456 ext 367 (office)

Local Emergency Responders Announce New Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis

(St. Louis)- This afternoon the St. Louis County Police Department, Eureka Police Department, and the Missouri Opioid-Heroin Overdose Prevention Education (MO-HOPE) Project will announce a joint effort to reduce opioid overdose deaths in the region, the first such collaborative effort in the state. Additionally, Christian Hospital EMS will begin a naloxone distribution program to ensure access to heavily impacted communities

“Naloxone plus programs have had great success in other states,” said Brandon Costerison, Project Manager on the MO-HOPE Project. “We are excited that these two police departments are leading the way in Missouri, enacting bold, innovative strategies to help save lives. We’ve also seen great success with EMS based naloxone distribution programs within the St. Louis Metro area. We’re excited to have a leading first responder agency join us.”

The MO-HOPE Project has provided training to officers within each department on how to conduct overdose education and naloxone distribution trainings with those who have recently experienced an opioid overdose and will provide Narcan for the departments to distribute.

“We are reminded too often of the profound consequences that heroin can have in our community,” said Chief Jon Belmar. “The St. Louis County Police Department will continue to work on multiple fronts to combat this crisis and that includes assisting those most impacted by the drug.”

Chief Mike Wiegand of Eureka Police Department stated, “Eureka is committed to leveraging all available education and resources to address the opioid crisis. Overdose follow-up is an essential part of helping reduce addiction in our community.”

“In our service area we have experienced an epidemic of opioid overdoses,” said Chief Brian Hokamp of Christian Hospital Emergency Medical Services. “Instead of just taking a reactive approach to treating those with a substance use disorder, CHEMS is taking a proactive stance”

Training and naloxone is funded through the MO-HOPE Project, and SAMHSA funded grant awarded to the Missouri Department of Mental Health in 2016. Sub-grantees include the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse- St. Louis and the Missouri Institute for Mental Health- UMSL.

NCADA is a community health organization that works to prevent and reduce the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs through education, intervention, and advocacy.

Event info:
May 20, 2019
1:00 p.m.
9355 Olive Blvd.
Olivette, MO 63132


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