JOPLIN, Mo. - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has signed a bill that aims to help fight opioid addiction.
Senate Bill 501 gives approval for the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services to issue an order making life-saving medication that can reverse the fatal effects of opioid overdoses.
This will provide patients in drug courts and veterans courts the option to receive medication-assisted substance abuse treatment without violating conditions of their program.
It will also allow anyone to seek emergency assistance for a drug overdose without the threat of prosecution related to possession.
Greitens will be hosting several events next week to lay out new actions the state is taking to address the opioid crisis.
The closest he will be to our area will be Springfield on Friday, July 21.