ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The United States is in the midst of an opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. Opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin) killed more than 28,000 people in 2014, more than any year on record.
At least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid from a doctor, as opposed to those obtained illegally from a dealer.
Dr. Sonny Saggar and Alderwoman Cara Spencer are supporting new Overdose Prevention Ordinance. The legislation may grant immunity for drug possession in special situations.