Pettis County Health Center has received reports of increased overdoses and deaths related to the presence of misbranded, illegal drugs in the county. Reports have indicated that symptoms shown by the victims are the same as those from an overdose of opioids.

Pettis County Health Center has free Naloxone (Narcan) available for community members who may be at risk for an overdose as well as family and friends of those who are at risk. We provide a brief training program to demonstrate when and how to use the medication. There is no record kept of the name of those who request the medication. The Naloxone is provided through the MORE project which is a program of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. To get the medication, come to the Pettis County Health Center at 911 E.16th Street, Sedalia, MO and ask to speak to a public health staff member about Narcan. You do not have to provide your name.

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a great deal of stress for many members of our community. There are resources to get help for a mental health crisis or a drug/alcohol issue. Listed below are some resources that are available in our community or by telephone/text.

Burrell Behavioral Health Emergency Line 1-800-395-2132

ACI (Access Crisis Intervention) 1-800-356-5395

Compass Health Emergency 1-800-237-4567

Royal Oaks Hospital 1-800-456-2634

National Alliance on Mental Health 1-800-950-6264

Substance Abuse & Mental Health (SAMHSA) 1-800-662-4357

The local phone number for Burrell Behavioral Health 201 W. 3rd Street to make an appointment for an evaluation is 660-827-2494. The local phone number for Compass Health 1700 W. Main for drug/alcohol issues is 660-826-5885.

For more information, contact Pettis County Health Center at 660-827-1130.

 

The information in this article comes from JoAnn Martin, MSN, RN, CPNP, Administrator of the Pettis County Health Center.