More than 400 were in attendance at the summit, which is designed to bring awareness to this critical issue, spur innovative action and address the specific problems found concerning this crisis in southeast Missouri. The event brings together leaders from a variety of sectors—first responders, health care, nonprofits and government—to discuss the opioid crisis and the best interventions moving forward, while taking in feedback from the community members most affected by the crisis.
Southeast President Carlos Vargas presented opening remarks along with Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The Opioid Summit is presented by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. Sponsors are Southeast Missouri State University, Saint Francis Healthcare System, SoutheastHEALTH, Regional Brain & Spine, Gibson Center, Montgomery Bank, GlennView and P.D.Q.