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The Greene County Sheriff’s Office will once again accept municipal prisoners after the county and city of Springfield reached a jail agreement, ending a more than two-year impasse.

Presiding Commission Bob Cirtin made the announcement during a press conference Friday afternoon.

“The Greene County Commission and the Sheriff’s Office has reached an agreement with the city of Springfield to once again accept Springfield municipal prisoners and to help us manage the jail,” said Cirtin.

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Springfield doctors and pharmacists will have a new tool to use when prescribing and handing out opiates and opioids.  Springfield City Council approved the implementation of a prescription drug monitoring program for the city Monday night. Hours later, Greene County commissioners approved a database county-wide.

The PDMP will be part of the St. Louis Consortium and will be voluntary for physicians to use and mandatory for pharmacists, according to City Councilman Dr. Tom Prater, who said it will be important in being able to evaluate a patient's needs.

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Springfield City Council could vote in just under two weeks on a prescription drug monitoring program for the city.  A public hearing last night brought those for and against a PDMP before council.

Katie Towns, assistant director of health for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said implementing a program locally would help in the fight against opioid addiction.

Brigitte Marrs
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Brigitte Marrs has been named executive director for the Mayor’s Commission for Children. The Springfield organization, formerly Every Kid Counts, aims to act as a catalyst to mobilize and education the community on the health and well-being of local youth. It also provides reporting on this topic.

Marrs has served on the commission since 2013. She replaces Denise Bredfeldt, who plans to retire.

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