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'Opioid Summit' open to public

In a statement released by the Missouri State Health Department, over 900 people died from drug-related deaths in 2016. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

The Adair County Health Department is holding an "Opioid Summit" on November 7 at Truman State University in the Georgian Room.

The event is free to the public, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m.

"We want to create awareness of this problem and ultimately save lives," said Executive Director of Adair County Health Department Jim LeBaron.

In a statement released by the Missouri State Health Department, over 900 people died from drug-related deaths in 2016. LeBaron said two babies each day are born addicted to drugs.

"The myth is, it couldn't happen in my family or any of my family members or co-workers, but in fact it's an epidemic," LeBaron said.

LeBaron said the summit is expecting upwards of 200 people in attendance.

This comes after a recent bill that is making its way through Washington, D.C.

House Resolution 2142, the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act or INTERDICT ACT, recently passed in a 412-3 vote in the U.S. House.

The proposed legislation aims to find synthetic-opioids and narcotics passing through U.S. borders and through the mail.

The vote is awaiting a vote in the senate.


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