Attorney General Schmitt launches "Real Opioid Pain" campaign

1 month 4 days 20 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:25:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
By: Samantha Bowers, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Eric Schmitt is using a new website to ask Missourians to share their real-life stories of opioid abuse. Schmitt will use the stories he collects as part of a lawsuit against three drug manufacturers.

Schmitt is requesting the testimonials from Missourians via an online form on www.realopioidpain.com. He said the input shared will play a big part in the case inherited from predecessor Josh Hawley. Hawley sued Endo Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2017 for misrepresenting the addictive nature of opioids to consumers. The case is set for trial in January 2021. Schmitt said he has made the fight against the opioid epidemic a priority in his office.

“We believe our case doesn’t rest with the number of lawyers we hire, but the real stories of Missourians,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt said he believes Missouri is taking the lead in reaching out to the community to hear real people’s stories. Missouri’s drug overdose death rate was 23.4 per 100,000 people in 2017. The national rate is 21.7 per 100,000 people. Amy Weiland owns The Crossroads Program in Columbia, St. Louis and Kansas City with her husband. She said when people share their stories, others feel like they can do the same.

“Sharing stories makes things a little more human,” Weiland said. “If [someone shares an] experience with someone, it makes it less scary for someone to do the same and it gives a message of hope.”

The website just launched Tuesday, but Schmitt said the response has been positive.

“This is not a one or two day effort,” he said. “This is a concerted effort by our office to hear how opioids have affected them. How it’s affected their families, their friends and their neighbors; we know those stories across the state are real.”

Schmitt officially launched the Real Opioid Pain campaign in St. Louis at a news conference Tuesday. People from across Missouri traveled to testify, including a Springfield mother who lost her daughter to opioids.

“I was at a loss, you know. What do you do when your child comes to you like this?” the mother said at the news conference. “It’s like watching them drown and you can’t save them.”

Schmitt said the goal of the campaign is to encourage people to come forward because people’s real stories will be the strength of the case against the opioid manufacturers in 2021.

To share a story, visit www.realopioidpain.com.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Police are asking for help searching for a man who "could be dangerous." He went... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:07:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
MEXICO - Missouri Military Academy has brought back its baseball team for the first time in five years. A... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:50:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Three campers were evacuated on Tuesday at the Mari-Osa Delta campground due to flooding. Patrick Duncan,... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:39:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - People in Moniteau County are cleaning up extensive damage after storms came rushing through Tuesday night. ... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:26:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - North Jefferson City has been ordered to evacuate by 5 p.m. due to flooding. An emergency... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma was bracing Wednesday for more rain, with parts of the state already flooded following days... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:50:05 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Many roads across mid-Missouri are closed due to recent storms and heavy rain, and with more storms... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:37:00 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas paid out-of-state law firms at least $899,000 in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to defund... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:09:00 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its stores after several... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:36:00 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR is buying International Speedway in a deal worth about $2 billion. International Speedway... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:27:00 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has reversed the Missouri Department of Public Safety's revocation of the peace officer... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 8:51:00 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
ROCHEPORT - A community effort to hold back flood waters began in Rocheport Wednesday morning. With recent rain causing... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:00:00 PM CDT May 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's corrections officers are some of the lowest paid in the country. That's created staff shortages, leading... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:00:00 PM CDT May 21, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A severe storm in the St. Louis area is forcing Lambert Airport to temporarily halt all... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:51:00 PM CDT May 21, 2019 in News
FULTON - After three years and $140 million in construction, the Fulton State Hospital is ready to start celebrating. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:33:00 PM CDT May 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - People looking for work will have a chance to mingle with about a dozen employers at a hiring... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:39:00 PM CDT May 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri River could crest over flood stage because of ongoing storms, according to Jefferson City's Department of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:00:00 PM CDT May 21, 2019 in Weather
JEFFERSON CITY -- Several abortion rights groups gathered throughout the state, Tuesday to protest Missouri's newly-passed anti-abortion bill. The... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 2:49:00 PM CDT May 21, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 69°
1am 67°
2am 66°
3am 66°
4am 66°