Open meeting on opioid crisis to be held July 10

A town hall meeting to discuss the ongoing opioid crisis will be held next week in Steelville. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the impact of this epidemic and what is being done to combat it.

This meeting is the third part in the series of community conversations facilitated by the Your Community Cares Rural Health Coalition in both Crawford and Dent counties. The goal of the talks is to speak to the community about the barriers, challenges, and possible solutions to the opioid problem. During the conversations, a survey is conducted to get the community’s responses to several questions related to the issue and learn more about what is needed in this area.

There have been two formats for the meetings conducted in Crawford County to include general education and awareness about substance misuse and the opioid epidemic, along with a guest speaker from the state team speaking about the medication-first philosophy and harm reduction. The third part of the series will be the upcoming town hall event.

This follow-up community conversation will be held on Wednesday, July 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Steelville Community Building, located at 101 W. Keysville Street.

Interested community members are invited to join in the discussion with a panel of experts as they talk about how the opioid epidemic impacts the community and what local leaders are doing in response to the crisis. Guest panelists will include local law enforcement personnel, prevention professionals, treatment professionals, and recovery advocates.

The event is free and open to the public, and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP for complimentary appetizers and drinks. Contact Felisha Richards by phone at 573-426-6711 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Another upcoming event in this series will be in partnership with an organization in St. Louis that will host their Hidden in Plain Sight program, which includes a mock bedroom to walk through. This is scheduled for the beginning of the school year.

The coalition has applied for an implementation grant that would be a three-year, $1 million grant to serve both Crawford and Dent counties. One of the primary goals for this funding would be to increase access to opioid support services, including medication-based treatment.

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