Originally published to the April STR/SOR Newsletter Wed, May 01, 2019 2:55 pm
We reached out to Sandra Mayen, Overdose Reporting and Field Outreach Coordinator on the Mo-Hope Project, to learn more about the Overdose Field Reports, and Mo-Hope's efforts to encourage first responders to send in reports after overdoses and to keep saving lives with naloxone in Missouri.
“In Missouri, there is no centralized reporting system for non-fatal overdoses. Currently, Missouri only tracks overdose fatalities. Therefore, to fill the gap, the Overdose Field Report system attempts to capture all overdose events. With this information we can calculate areas of highest need in Missouri and strategize how to most efficiently and successfully serve the needs of communities across the state.
The idea of including emergency medical services, law enforcement, and fire departments with how many field reports they submitted on the Overdose Field Report is to let Missourians know that we are not only managing this data on the back end but that we are also showing appreciation to agencies that are taking their time to fill out these field reports every time they respond to an overdose call. We acknowledge that not all agencies on the list are receiving naloxone through our grant, however all agencies on that list are saving lives with naloxone. We need to highlight and celebrate these efforts. Additionally, the first responders on the list are emailed quarterly certificates when they have submitted three or more field reports.
The same agencies will be sent new certificates with updated numbers so they can keep track of their own efforts and know that we appreciate what they are doing to save lives in Missouri. The list of participating first responders will be updated each quarter to include new police departments, EMS, and firehouses who submit three or more field reports; joining in the efforts to save lives across the state.
I think this will be a great opportunity to express gratitude to agencies who are responding to overdose calls, administering naloxone, and filling out overdose reports while also celebrating the lives saved during this opioid overdose epidemic Missouri is facing. The first responders on the list are doing a heroic job saving lives, and with each life saved, they are bringing hope back to Missouri.”
-Sandra Mayen (Overdose Reporting and Outreach Coordinator, UMSL-MIMH)
To set up an Overdose Response Training, contact:
Sandra Mayen (MO-HOPE, UMSL-MIMH) at
or Brandon Costerison (NCADA) at
A special thank you to all the first responders across the state of Missouri for filling out Overdose Field Reports and for using naloxone to save lives.