Alumna helps decrease opioid over-prescription with DNP project


Monica Kistler set herself against the opioid crisis at a time when drug overdose deaths are a growing problem for Missouri.

Though fatal overdoses have decreased 4 percent in the United States overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Missouri has seen 18.9 percent growth from 2018 to 2019. With her clinical scholarship project, Kistler – a now-graduate of the College of Nursing’s DNP program – joined the ranks of University of Missouri–St. Louis faculty, students and alumni who are taking aim at the problem.

“I think everyone has someone in their life that has been affected by the opioid epidemic,” she said. “That’s how I got interested in that topic.

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