St. Louis group pushes for reform amidst heroin battle -

St. Louis group pushes for reform amidst heroin battle

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On Wednesday, a group from St. Louis went to Jefferson City advocating for change from lawmakers because they want more to be done to help end the heroin epidemic in Missouri.

The group, led by the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, met with their representatives, told their personal stories, and pushed for changes they think will help save lives.

Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery is pushing for four main bills, including creating a state-wide prescription drug database.

House bill 294 is known as the "Good Samaritan Law" and would grant immunity if someone calls 911 to help someone else who has overdosed. Another bill, House bill 710, would put all medication decisions for someone in a drug court program in the hands of doctors, not judges. But some say the biggest game changer in this battle would be House bill 88, which makes need exchange programs legal.

"If you look at 40 years of research from the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, and our most recent Surgeon General, they all show the same numbers. We are going to see a reduction in HIV and Hepatitis C throughout St. Louis and Missouri and we are also going to see people that utilize these programs are five times more likely to enter treatment," said Chad Sabora, with Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery. "It gives people like myself the chance to engage with somebody in active addiction right where they are at, before they are quite ready for recovery so maybe we can get them there a bit sooner."

St. Louis already has the Good Samaritan Law and prescription drug data base but groups continue to push for statewide policy changes.

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