Hundreds of Missouri leaders expected to attend statewide opioid conference

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SPRINGFIELD, MO. -- This morning leaders from across the state will be in Springfield to talk about Missouri's opioid epidemic.

Hundreds are expected at this event.

Mental Health experts will talk about what Missouri is doing about the drug crisis and a new system to care for people battling addiction.

"Opioid abuse disorder is obviously a huge issue right now, not just in our state, but in our country, and just in Missouri alone it is causing more deaths than breast cancer, and automobile accidents, and so we just need to figure out how to address this in our community," Community Development Coordinator Mandy Vela, with Burrell Behavioral Health, said.

The keynote speaker is the author of "Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough."

The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University Plaza. Pre-registration is required.

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