Curiosity & Heroin


NCADA advocates diligently for laws and ordinances that would prevent or reduce the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs. Some of these priorities include the following (also available here as a PDF):

State Funding for Naloxone
Anyone at risk of witnessing or experiencing an opioid overdose should have access to naloxone, the overdose reversal medication. As the opioid epidemic continues to grow, police and firefighters often arrive on the scene of an overdose before EMS. This is particularly true in our more rural communities. Many of these departments do not have the budget to purchase naloxone, and the existing grants are unable to meet the demand. Therefore, we ask that the Missouri General assembly provide funding for emergency responder agencies to purchase and equip their officers with naloxone.

State Funding for Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Evidence-based treatment works to address substance use disorders. Unfortunately for uninsured Missourians, public treatment, if available at all, has a long waiting list. Investing in evidence-based treatment helps Missourians find recovery, and strengthens our communities.

Narcotics Control Act
The Narcotics Control Act would establish a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), allowing 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 locally 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.

Mental Health Parity
Mental health parity laws were created to require health insurance plans to cover treatment for mental health conditions in the same way they cover other ailments. However, treatment of substance use disorder is currently exempt from mandatory coverage under Missouri’s mental health parity laws, leaving many insured Missourians unable to access affordable treatment. It’s critical that this exception be removed to allow people with substance use disorder to obtain treatment.

Syringe Access Programs
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 addition, such programs have shown an increase in the drug user’s willingness to enter treatment. Allowing 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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