St. Louis County declares public health emergency over opioid deaths

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger declared a public health emergency at a press conference Thursday in response to the country’s opioid epidemic.

Stenger said that in St. Louis County, deaths from prescription overdoses have climbed by 70 percent over the past five years, with 203 deaths in 2017. He also announced that the drug Naloxene reversed at least 112 overdoses in 2017.

The county executive signed an executive order and presented an action plan involving 25 community partners to combat the opioid crisis. The plan focuses on education and prevention, harm reduction and rescue, treatment, recovery, and improved public health data.

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