Advocacy and Policy Change

Every year the Northland Coalition adopts legislative priorities.  Please contact Vicky Ward for additional talking points or information concerning the Northland Coalition’s position on the following priorities. or 816-877-0411

2020 Legislative Priorities

Add Funding for Prevention to the State’s Budget

  • 1% of Missouri’s budget is spent on risky substance use and addiction. Of that amount. 2 cents of each dollar is spent on prevention and treatment and 98 cents of each dollar goes towards the repercussions of addiction. (Center on Addiction, 2017)
  • There is a strong connection between substance use and mental illness. 6 in 10 substance users also have a mental illness (NIDA). Additional funding for prevention is essential to reduce overall state costs
  • CCBHC’s have saved Missouri $20 million in the past two years. Savings go directly into the general revenue. The success of CCBHC’s prove that Missouri must approve long term commitment to support these organizations.

Ban All Fruit Flavored Vape Products in Missouri

  • Flavors are the #1 reason teens start vaping
  • The current policy on flavors only restricts pre-packaged cartridges.
  • There are NO restrictions on flavored disposable vapes and flavored e-juice, which are the most popular products among youth.
  • Menthol is still available for sale in pre-packaged forms. 50% of youth who smoke started with menthol flavor.
  • For the first time in history, more kids report vaping in the past 30 days over drinking alcohol. (MSS, 2020)

Establish A Unified, Comprehensive Narcotics Control Monitoring Program Between Pharmacies

  • Rx Drug and Heroin abuse is a growing problem in the KC region as overdose ER visits continue to rise (
  • In 2018, deaths due to overdose rose by 17% in Missouri, one of only 5 states to see a double digit increase.
  • 1 in 10 Missouri students report using drugs not prescribed to them, 35% higher than the national average (MSS, 2020).
  • States with strong PDMP mandates have seen large declines in patients seeing multiple prescribers for the same drugs (Tennessee 36% decline, New York 75%).
  • If Missouri adopts a PDMP, and other states enhanced their programs, it is estimated there would be 600 fewer deaths nationwide (approximately 2 less per day) (Patrick, Fry, Jones & Buntin, 2016).

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