NCADA works diligently to change laws, ordinances, and even perceptions and attitudes towards substance use disorders in an effort to raise awareness, fight prejudice and increase access to recovery options. Some of these priorities include:
Narcotics Control Act
The Narcotics Control Act, a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), allows health service providers to ensure that individuals are not given duplicate prescriptions for controlled substances, which may be misused or sold to others. The Narcotics Control Act would also reduce the likelihood of medications negatively interacting with one another.
Many communities across the state have adopted this common sense policy to prevent misuse of and addiction to prescription medications in our communities. We encourage the Missouri General Assembly to take up and pass such legislation statewide.
911 Good Samaritan Law
A 911 Good Samaritan Law provides limited criminal immunity to those who call for help in the event of a drug related medical emergency. One should never have to choose between saving a life and being charged with possession of a controlled substance. Good Samaritan legislation would help to curb “dumping”, or abandonment of a person experiencing an overdose, and enable them to get the medical treatment they need.
People who inject drugs are at a dramatically higher risk of contracting blood borne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C, and other infections. Needle exchanges decrease the prevalence of these infections with no increase in IV substance use. In fact, such programs have shown an increase in the drug user’s willingness to enter treatment. Allowing a needle exchange programs to exist in Missouri will help save lives and decrease healthcare costs in our communities.
Contact Your Legislators and Local Officials
Join us and make sure that your voice is heard. You can make a difference. Legislators and policy makers look to you for input on these important issues. Just a few phone calls or letters from constituents can make all of the difference. Please take the time to call or write your city and county elected officials, and your representatives and senators.
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