Audrain County Health Department Public Health: Better Health, Better Missouri
New Website to Address Opioid Abuse in Missouri
Fighting the opioid crisis is a top priority for Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Opioid deaths are on the rise. In 2016, one in every 66 deaths was due to opioid or heroin overdose.
Now DHSS has created a new comprehensive opioid resource website. The website contains extensive data, maps, charts and infographics about the opioid epidemic in Missouri. The epidemic affects all genders, all races, and many age groups in both rural and urban Missouri. The new website has four focus areas: 1. Death Toll due to Opioid and Heroin Overdoses. 2. Missouri Resident Overdose and Abuse Demographics 3. The Impact of the Future Years of Potential Life Lost due to Overdose 4. The Costs of Opioid Abuse
DHSS has also partnered with the MO HOPE Project to provide education and resources.
Opioid & Drug Use
ALERT: Nearly 100 people in the greater Missouri/Illinois area have become very sick after using synthetic cannabinoids contaminated with a chemical found in rat killer and pest control products, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This chemical prevents the blood from clotting normally. Synthetic cannabinoids include products such as K2, spice, legal weed, fake weed, synthetic marijuana, and many local “brand” names such as King Kong. Anyone who has adverse effects from the use of synthetic cannabinoids, including bleeding, should get medical care immediately.