Mo. Rally Calls for Targeting Heroin, Opiates
JEFFERSON CITY - Organizers say more than 100 people joined a rally at the Missouri Capitol to draw attention to abuse of heroin and opiates.
Tuesday's event was held in support of a so-called Good Samaritan bill in the Missouri House. The measure would give limited legal protection to people who are found with controlled substances when they seek help for someone having an overdose.
Participants also called for more access to naloxone, which is used to treat overdoses.
The rally coincided with Tuesday's release of a study on heroin and opiate abuse by the Missouri Recovery Network and Roosevelt University in Chicago.
The study found that opiates and heroin were the second most-common reason in 2011 for people in Missouri to enter treatment. Marijuana ranked first, and methamphetamines third.