Jasper County leaders start opioid overdose surveillance program

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Jasper County leaders will be taking a closer look at deaths caused by opioid abuse.

It’s through a partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the CDC. The county will be paid up to $32 hundred dollars to track opioid-related deaths and other overdoses that aren’t fatal for six months. County commissioners hope the results will help lead to a reduction in opioid abuse.

“Try and get this shut down. It’s a big issue all over the United States but Missouri’s pretty bad,” says John Bartosh.

The overdose surveillance program started in 2016 and has expanded to cover 32 states, including Missouri and Oklahoma.

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