Missouri Attorney General reaches settlement with McKinsey & Company for role in opioid epidemic

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his Office and a coalition of attorneys general from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories have reached a $573 million settlement with one of the world’s largest consulting firms, McKinsey & Company. The settlement resolves investigations into the company’s role in working for opioid […]

U.S.Senator Josh Hawley

Senator Josh Hawley: increases in social isolation from pandemic may be contributing to surges in drug addiction

Missouri’s junior senator is urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address the mental health needs of Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R) has written a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, calling on the agency to deploy more of the $425 million that Congress appropriated to […]

Twenty defendants charged with distributing heroin/fentanyl in Missouri

Twenty defendants have been charged in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Springfield, Missouri, area. Many of the defendants were arrested in a coordinated law enforcement sweep that began Thursday, November 14 and continued into the weekend, after five criminal complaints were filed under seal on […]

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Audio: New report shows Missouri’s death rate reached record high for sixth straight year

A new state report shows Missouri’s death rate reached a record high for the sixth consecutive year. During a U.S. Senate floor speech, Missouri Republican Josh Hawley says the trend is from drug overdoses, suicides, and crime.     Hawley says the explosion of overdoses, crime and suicides is leading to the collapsed of the […]

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Audio: Missouri Attorney General says number of opioid overdose deaths should have urgency in Missouri

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt says the number of people who die every day from opioid overdoses should have some national and statewide urgency.     Schmitt says one in every 65 Missouri deaths is from an opioid overdose. He says that figure should have some statewide urgency – prompting his office to sue three […]

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Audio: Missouri schools and other sites getting free Narcan to combat opioid overdoses

The head of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is touting his agency’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.     Director Randall Williams says he signed an order this week to provide free naloxone for emergency use in high schools, college campuses, public libraries, and YMCA facilities. Naloxone, sold under the brand […]

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USDA partners with rural Missouri communities to support opioid prevention, treatment and recovery

The USDA is partnering with rural communities to support opportunities for opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery.  Among the 85 recipients nationwide receiving funding are four (4) Missouri organizations ready to make an impact in the state’s opioid epidemic. “In 2016, there were 908 opioid overdose deaths in Missouri and it is now estimated that 1 […]

US Attorney Tim Garrison

Audio: New U.S. Attorney for Western District of Missouri outlines his priorities

(Missourinet) – The top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Western District of Missouri says there’s been an increase in violent crime and in drug trafficking in the western district. A public swearing-in ceremony was held Friday in Springfield for 42-year-old Tim Garrison, who’s a former military prosecutor in the Marine Corps.     Garrison […]