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Taking Responsibility in Missouri: Reversing the Overdose Epidemic

  • 09/29/2021
  • 6:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar

Taking Responsibility in Missouri: Reversing the Overdose Epidemic

Fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses are an ongoing national epidemic. As we confront the evolving nature of the overdose epidemic it has become apparent that prescription opioids are not the only contributor and is not the primary driver of current increases in overdoses. Overdoses involving illicit opioids such as heroin and fentanyl continue to climb. CDC data reports approximately 72,000 overdose deaths nationally in 2019 followed by an increase at the end of 2020 to just over 90,000. We must do better. Stimulants such as cocaine, methamphetamine and some prescription medications can not only be involved but contribute to overdose and overdose deaths.

Missouri, like all states, is working hard to address the epidemic. This physician toolkit, presented by the Missouri State Medical Association and the American Medical Association provides state and national resources and tools for Missouri physicians to use to help address overdose prevention, substance use and substance use disorder, harm reduction, safe opioid prescribing and management, and provide better care for pain.


  • Drew Shoemaker MD is board certified in Family and Community Medicine and practices Family and Addiction Medicine at Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield, MO. He has been a resident of Missouri since 1982. He is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia Medical School with residency at Cox Medical Centers in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Jennifer Byrne, LCSW, CADC, CCTP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is Behavioral Health Program Manager at the American Medical Association.  She has specialty training in Addiction Counseling and Trauma therapy and 23 years of clinical experience in Addiction treatment. 
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Accreditation Statement: The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: The AMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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