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Monday: Next Steps To Address Missouri’s Opioid Epidemic In Light Of Discouraging 2018 Outcomes

Aug 9, 2019


This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon Monday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

A few weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some positive statistics related to the ongoing opioid crisis. While drug overdose deaths in the U.S. had reached record levels in 2017, in 2018 the nation saw an overall 4.2% decline.

In Missouri, though, the 2018 outcomes were far less hopeful – despite an influx of $65 million in federal funds since 2015 aimed at addressing the crisis. Provisional data for the state indicates a 16% increase in drug overdose deaths over the course of last year.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske will talk with two local experts about where Missouri should go from here in light of the discouraging statistics.

Joining the discussion will be Rachel Winograd, associate research professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Missouri Institute of Mental Health, and David Patterson Silver Wolf, associate professor at the Brown School at Washington University.

Related Event
What: Project O (Opioid) Awareness Walk
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019
Where: Forest Park’s Upper Muny Parking Lot (1 Theatre Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112)

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St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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