The opioid epidemic has become a crisis in Missouri and nation-wide, with opioid-related deaths multiplying and treatment difficult to find and afford. Addiction can impact anyone, regardless of who they are, who they know, or how much money they make.
Since 1999, overdose deaths in the U.S. have quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Locally, Greene County opioid overdoses have similarly grown, from a rate of 8.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2000 to 31.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2015.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
In July of 2017, the Springfield City Council and Greene County Commission voted to implement a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as the first step in combating the growing opioid epidemic in our community. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) serve an essential function in combating prescription drug abuse by collecting data from pharmacies on controlled substance prescriptions that have been dispensed, and making it available to authorized users by means of a secure, electronically-accessible database.
- How to register as a Pharmacist, Prescriber or delegate: Visit missouri.pmpaware.net, Create an account using your name, DEA number, and NPI, Upload your professional license as a validation document, Verify your current e-mail address
- Who should enroll: Anyone who prescribes or dispenses medication in Springfield and Greene County, with the exception of the City of Republic. Physicians and pharmacists can also provide access to delegates—additional users who are authorized to request reports on the behalf of their supervisory provider. The supervisory provider must also be enrolled. More specific information on who qualifies as a delegate is available at www.stlouisco.com/PDMP.
Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment
The Healthy Living Alliance, made up of community leaders from across many sectors in Springfield, is leading the charge for a community mental health and substance abuse assessment. The assessment will focus on the goals of improving the system of mental health and substance abuse delivery, reducing stigma, and developing collaborative paths forward for a better future.
The assessment was announced at an event in November of 2017. Two local mothers shared the stories of how they lost their children due to mental health and substance abuse issues. You can watch the livestream from this event here.
This assessment will be led by Crescendo Consulting Group, and it is expected to last 12-18 months. A significant grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health has made possible this first-of-its-kind effort for Springfield. The $252,500 grant will fund an assessment with the goal of measuring the effects of stigma on mental health and substance abuse, the impact of these issues on other health-related outcomes and other emerging needs or concerns. Ultimately, this assessment is designed to lead to a conversation about how Springfield can best leverage its resources to better serve our community needs.
Narcan Distribution Centers
|Burrell Behavioral Health||Greene||Alina Ainyette||[email protected]||800 S Park Avenue Springfield, MO 65802|
|Greene County HD||Greene||Jody Austin||[email protected]||227 East Chestnut Expressway Springfield, MO 65802mailto: [email protected]|
|Restoration of Hope Project||Greene||Megan McClure||[email protected]||1700 S. Campbell Ave Suite E Springfield, MO 65807|
|Springfielf Recovery Community Center||Greene||David Stoecker||[email protected]||1925 E. Bennett, Suite J Springfield, MO 65804|
|Straight Street Inc.||Greene||David Manning||[email protected]||512 W. Hovey Street Springfield, MO 65802|
|Stone County Recovery Center||Stone||Tammy McLaughlin||[email protected];|
|27 Tower Reeds Spring Mo 65737|
|Cox Health||Stone and Taney||Marietta Hagen||[email protected]|
|Burrell Branson||Taney||LuAnn Bressler||[email protected]|
|Taney County HD||Taney||Pam Priest||[email protected];|
|320 Rinehart Rd. Branson, MO 65616|
|The Brook Wellness Center||Taney||Rosie Robinson||[email protected]|