Columbia to host Missouri opioid crisis summit

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COLUMBIA - A host of researchers and experts are on schedule to present about what mid-Missourians can do to minimize the impact of the opioid crisis. 

The Columbia/Boone County, MO Public Health and Human Services is hosting an opioid summit in Columbia Wednesday morning. The coordinators said they hope the event will allow people to come together and be educated on the severity of the opioid crisis in Missouri. 

Eric Stann, Community Relations Specialist for Boone County, MO Public Health and Human Services, said the crisis is much larger than Columbia.

"Behavioral health including substance abuse is becoming a larger problem not only here locally in Columbia and Boone county but also in the state," Stann said. "And this is an opportunity for local partners and stakeholders in different fields such as education, local and state government, healthcare to come together to talk about the opioid epidemic."

There were more than 900 opioid related deaths in Missouri in 2016.

The opioid summit is at the event center at the Courtyard Marriott on Lemone Industrial Boulevard in Columbia.

As of now, the event's guest list has reached capacity.