With 25 years experience as a medical doctor, Sam has made public health one of this administration’s top priorities.
As a full-time doctor specializing in pain management, Sam saw firsthand the emerging opioid crisis and decided to do something about it. As a State Representative, he worked with providers, hospitals, and community groups to create substance abuse opportunities for the people who needed them.
As a County Council member, Sam introduced the St. Louis Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. That program has linked over 55 counties across Missouri into a statewide network that represents about eighty percent of the state’s population. In 2018 alone, five more counties joined the PDMP, bringing Missouri in line with other successful state programs. And now as County Executive, Sam has continued his work on the issue by requiring doctors to report non-fatal opioid overdoses to the County Health Department, so they can determine what intervention strategies work best and how to best help those at risk.
Sam’s commitment to public health goes beyond his work on the opioid crisis. While serving on the County Council, Sam sponsored legislation to increase the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. In the County Executive’s office, he has fought for the health and safety of our region’s most vulnerable by defending public housing and emergency shelters. He continues to work toward eliminating preventable deaths at the St. Louis County Jail.