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A sign outside the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery advertises Narcan, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose.
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Since 2016, Missouri has received more than $65 million in federal grants to provide treatment and recovery services to people addicted to opioids.

The money has provided thousands of people with addiction medication, counseling and residential services. But the latest grant cycle expires in September 2020, and addiction treatment providers are uncertain if Congress will approve funding after that. With Missouri’s opioid-related death toll rising each year, advocates say funding for medical treatment is more important than ever.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 6, 2013 - As he and his staff prepared for the opening of a new alcohol and drug treatment center in St. Louis last week, Percy Menzies talked about the challenge of getting society to embrace newer approaches to addressing addictions.