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St. Louis opioid treatment program to expand statewide


August 1, 2018

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis-area pilot program that's treated more than 2,000 opioid overdose victims is expanding statewide.

Missouri health officials are looking to implement Engaging Patients in Care Coordination, or EPICC, across the state within a year. The program treats overdose victims at emergency rooms with buprenorphine, a medication that mimics opioids without the resulting high and helps with withdrawal symptoms. It also offers a peer counselor to help individuals recover from addiction.

The program, which is funded by federal State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis...

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