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Posted on: July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017 - Springfield to host Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit: Springfield Kick-Off July 20

Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit - Springfield Kickoff

Springfield has been chosen as the community to kick off a nine-city tour of Missouri to bring awareness to and spur action on the growing opioid epidemic in our state. 

The Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit is being led by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams. The Springfield Kickoff will bring together state experts and local voices in healthcare, safety, education and workforce development to raise awareness across sectors of what opioid abuse looks like in our region.

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 for the latest data available, in 2015.

This event marks an opportunity to take the conversation about opioids in our community to a new level. In recent months, local headlines have been dominated by stories of opioid abuse and the toll that overdose deaths have taken on the Springfield area. This summit will be an opportunity for leaders from a variety of sectors—first responders, health care, the faith community, nonprofits and government—to discuss the opioids crisis and the best interventions moving forward.

The Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit: Springfield Kickoff will be held on July 20 at the White River Conference Center located at 600 West Sunshine Street, Springfield. This event will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30a.m. Breakfast will precede the program, which will begin promptly at 8:30 am. This event is free but does require registration, as space for this event will be limited.

The link for ticket registration is listed below.

Additionally, this event will be livestreamed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at their facebook page:

Please use the hashtag #SGFopioidcrisis to join in on the conversation.

The Springfield Kickoff is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, CoxHealth, Mercy, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, the City of Springfield and the Healthy Living Alliance.

For more information, contact Kathryn Wall at (417) 874-1205 or at

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