CareSTL Health Hosts Run/Walk to Fight Opioid Epidemic in St. Louis Area

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – CareSTL Health is hosting a run/walk in an effort to fight the opioid epidemic.

The Opioid Awareness Project Walk/Run will be held Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upper Muny in the Forest Park.

“Our first was before the pandemic, and so when the pandemic started and everything stopped, we skipped a year. So we’re rebuilding it,” said Jason Ware, CFO of CareSTL Health.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the city of St. Louis has the highest opioid overdose death rate in the state, opioids account for the majority of overdose deaths in the Missouri and black men are most likely to die in St. Louis. Town.

“It started with the crack epidemic in the 70s, 80s, and it’s now spreading to fentanyl and other issues and people are dying at an alarming rate because of it,” Ware added.

The event will feature resources for those struggling with addiction.

Ronald Cox, a North City resident, said News 4 drug rehabilitation programs helped him get clean. He now places crosses on Bacon Street, near Cass Avenue, of friends and family members who died from gun violence and overdose deaths.

“I pray the drug dealers see this, so they can see many crosses and feel like they’re part of it,” Cox said. “I’m praying that people who are using – they can see the crosses and start thinking, ‘I don’t want to be up there too.'”

Cox can be reached at 314-399-4886 for those interested in helping him deal with overdose deaths.

Those interested in participating in the CareSTL Health Run/Walk can register here.

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