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Recent media coverage about heroin and the Curiosity + Heroin: Not Even Once heroin awareness campaign:


12/18/2012 -
Heroin a growing problem in southeast Missouri
There's a deadly growing problem that is hitting every kind of family in southeast Missouri: heroin addiction. Heroin is blamed for 500 deaths among young people in the St. Louis area over the past two years, and authorities say the drug is now trying to take hold in our area. (more)
11/15/2012 -
The Heroin Epidemic in the St. Louis Region
Watch the video of KETC Channel 9's Stay Tuned program that aired November 15, 2012 discussing the St. Louis region's heroin epidemic. (more)
11/13/2012 -
Nine Network hosts town hall on heroin addiction among young people
The new face of heroin addiction in St. Louis – more suburban, more middle class and much whiter – was brought into sharp focus Monday night by a town hall sponsored by the Nine Network of Public Media and the Saint Louis Regional Health Commission.

A live audience heard stories from recovering addicts, parents who have lost children to overdoses, and treatment officials seeking to educate young people about the dangers of heroin while trying to find resources to help those already addicted... (more)

11/12/2012 -
Channel 9 Townhall Broadcast - Heroin Response
Watch the November 12, 2012 heroin town hall which was taped in front of a live studio audience at Channel 9. The topics of the Heroin Response focus on risk factors, the stigmas associated with heroin addiction, community impact, prevention and treatment. (more)
11/9/2012 -
Region is responding to heroin problem with more money for treatment
I’ll take your money. I’ll take your freedom. I’ll take your family. I’ll take your life. My name is...Heroin.

This chilling warning, printed on a colorful placard at an anti-drug rally in September at the Gateway Arch, sums up the impact of heroin abuse in the St. Louis area. Once regarded as a drug whose use was confined to desolate pockets of cities, heroin has now penetrated suburbia, luring naïve teenagers and young adults into a web of addiction that can destroy them... (more)

11/8/2012 - (KMOX)
Heroin Overdose Deaths Still Rising in St. Charles County
In recent weeks, KMOX News has reported that heroin overdose deaths are finally on the decline in St. Louis County. But cross the river and the news isn’t so good. St. Charles County authorities report that overdose deaths stand at 19 for the year and will almost certainly wind up doubling the number of yearly deaths seen a decade ago... (more)
November 6, 2012 -
Heroin Addiction & Treatment In The St. Louis Area
In this St. Louis on the Air segment, host Don Marsh talks with Dan Duncan, Director of Community Services for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area, and Michael Morrison, Chief Executive Officer at Bridgeway Behavioral Health. They talk, among other things, about the growing incidence of heroin use and new ways to prevent and treat addiction... (more)
November 6, 2012 -
Rallying cry in Wentzville: 'Heroin kills'
One time and Megan Ramshaw was gone. Ramshaw, 18, died May 19 from a heroin overdose one week before she was to have graduated from Wentzville Holt High School. It was the only time she had used the drug, family members said.Heroin often kills quickly. Ramshaw left behind parents, friends and family asking how this could happen. The hurt doesn't go away. It's an all-too-familiar story these days. “It's just time to wake people up. You think it never affects everybody," said Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione. "It does."... (more)
October 20, 2012 -
St. Louis County Making Progress Against Heroin Epidemic
For the past year, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and community organizations have held nearly two dozen town hall meetings to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic. Deaths from heroin overdoses continue to decline, but officials say they are seeing an uptick in some age groups... (more)

September 2012

September 25, 2012 -
Metro’s Most Wanted: Heroin Fugitive Running From FBI
Orbea Carthen is the man the FBI says is one of the faces of the enormous heroin problem in the St. Louis area. Agents say the 53 year old, known on the street as “Pops,” was part of a huge drug trafficking organization they busted in St. Louis last November. The investigation lasted two and a half years. Fifteen members of the group were locked up. To this point “Pops” is essentially the one that got away... (more)
September 21, 2012 -
Jefferson County community takes stand against heroin
As Jefferson County continues to struggle with a heroin epidemic, one community spent Friday night taking a stand against the drug. Jefferson County P.R.I.D.E., a drug prevention and education coalition, set up shop outside Hillsboro High School's football game... (more)
September 15, 2012 -
Hundreds rally to spread awareness of heroin 'epidemic' in St. Louis area
Hundreds gathered under the Arch on Saturday to spread awareness of heroin, a drug organizers say has become an epidemic in the area... (more)
September 15, 2012 - youTube
National Anti Heroin Rally 2012
Watch footage from the National Anti Heroin Rally at the Arch. (more)
September 4, 2012 -
Town & Country break-ins may be the result of drug epidemic
On Aug. 22, a home in Conway Estates was ransacked and jewelry stolen. A home on Mason Ridge also was targeted and the alarm was set off when the suspects pried the door. Lt. Rick Kranz, of Town & Country Police, said many homes in the area are likely targets due to quick access to a highway and high value items.

Kranz indicated that break-ins such as these are often related to drug use in the St. Louis area. In the past couple years, he said he has noticed that the rate of burglaries is on the rise and that almost everyone they arrest is addicted to some drug... (more)

August 2012

August 24, 2012 - KTRS and the Beacon
Beacon and Eggs: Drug Abuse Forum
Listen to the audio of the Beacon and Eggs forum on Drug Abuse. (more)
August 16, 2012 -
Drug czar hears grieving father advocate prescription monitoring
Tom Heard introduced his son Michael to reporters and the U.S, drug czar Wednesday by holding up the young man’s picture. “Usually, I tell people, ‘This is what a heroin addict looks like,’” said Heard, who has told the story of the 25-year-old’s fatal heroin addiction to crowds at town hall meetings throughout St. Louis County. “He probably doesn’t look much different than the boy you pass coming out of church Sunday or wave to in your neighborhood...” (more)
August 15, 2012 -
Nation’s Drug Czar Pushing For Prescription Monitoring
The nation’s drug czar will be in Fenton Wednesday morning attending an important drug summit. The focus is prescription drug abuse and what every state in the country except Missouri is doing to combat it.

The summit will take place at the Maritz REM Theatre. That is where America’s drug czar Gil Kerlikowske will speak about what he says is America’s most lethal drug problem... (more)

July 2012

July 20, 2012 -
Study finds heroin epidemic linked to OxyContin change
For the past several years, St. Louis County has seen an unprecedented number of deaths from heroin and prescription drug overdoses. While the number of overdose deaths has dropped by 25 percent in the first part of 2012, said Dan Duncan, director of community services for the St. Louis office of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the problem is far from over... (more)
July 20, 2012 - (KMOX)
Missouri the Only State Without Prescription Drug Monitoring Database
Listen to the KMOX interview of NCADA's Dan Duncan and Sgt. Jason Grellner talking with Charlie Brennan about Missouri being the only state without a prescription drug monitoring data base. (more)
July 13, 2012 -
Drug task force cuts in St. Louis area
Fighting the war on drugs just got tougher for police officers on the front lines. Major cuts in federal funding mean nearly every drug task force across Missouri is scaling back on officers, training and equipment... (more)

May - June 2012

June 26, 2012 -
Magical thinking - Guest Commentary by Dan Duncan, NCADA
After a protracted silence from the federal government regarding substance abuse issues, Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, has cited addiction as a "public health issue," stressing a need for more accessible rehab programs with the suggestion that recovery be considered a priority strategy. As refreshing as it was to hear the president's top drug policy adviser make this kind of recommendation, he does so in a climate of continued apathy, ignorance and politicized stigma... (more)
May 7, 2012 -
Progress Shown In Fight Against Heroin Epidemic
The danger has not gone away but there are some encouraging numbers when it comes to heroin abuse in the St. Louis area. St. Louis County Police chief Tim Fitch says at this time last year there were 24 heroin related deaths in St. Louis County and this year there have been 8.He also says his investigators have found a heroin connection in every St. Louis County high school where there has been an investigation.

He hopes the effort to educate will pay dividends.“Possibly all the prevention and public awareness efforts that we and other have put into this in the last year are starting to make a difference,” said Dan Duncan, NCADA spokesman... (more)

May 1, 2012 -
Behind the Minds: Heroin in High School
In one of the segments of this series, co-host Gina Kurre reports on how area schools are addressing the growing problem of heroin addiction and overdose among high school students. (Segment starts at 3:02) (more)

March 2012

March 22, 2012 -
Community Pushes Back Against Heroin, Prescription Drug Abuse
Fearing a flow of heroin into St. Charles County schools, local authorities are planning another town hall meeting on the subject. Heroin use has mushroomed in the county because the drug is now cheap and available and more young people seem to be using it... (more)
March 11, 2012 -
Parents finding purpose in heroin deaths
From the stage at St. Charles High School, Marilyn Smashey scanned hundreds of young faces for evidence that her message was getting through — that she was, in fact, fulfilling a promise to her dead son.

She was telling the story of her son's heroin overdose. How she'd found him on his bed, cold to her touch. Smashey hardly slept the night before. It didn't matter that she had spoken publicly dozens of times about Taylor's overdose. It still pained her. She felt compelled to relive it anyway. Maybe by recounting his death she could redeem what became of his life... (more)

March 11, 2012 -
High Ridge woman did her best to help heroin-addicted daughter
There is no parenting manual for this, at least none that Stacey Burke saw. How, she wondered, can a parent help a child survive the grip of heroin?

Through a turbulent ride that lasted three years, Burke did plenty to try to help her daughter, Natalie, overcome her heroin addiction. Burke, 51, of High Ridge, lost that struggle in November, when Natalie shot herself to death while high... (more)

March 11, 2012 -
Parents of addicts are put in a "hideous" position
Dan Duncan, director of community services for the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse-St. Louis area, said parents of heroin addicts are often put in a horrible position: What's the difference between helping my child and enabling my child... (more)
March 9, 2012 -
The Tragedy Of Teens & Heroin
Two Webster Groves mothers share stories of sons' struggles with heroin addiction. Susan's ex-husband died of a heroin overdose in June 2009. Roughly a year later, her then 16-year-old son became addicted to it. And it only took once. "He admits he was addicted after the first time," Susan said of her son, who is in his fifth recovery program and has been clean for 14 months. "It's been a journey," the Webster Groves mother said. "Heroin affects the whole family - it turns your whole world upside down."

It can happen in an instant, and people get hooked after the first hit. The fact that so many of those who try heroin only once can become addicted is the basis for the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse's campaign, "Curiosity + Heroin: Not Even Once"... (more)

March 8, 2012 -
Town Hall Meeting Held To Fight Heroin Epidemic In Jefferson County
A town hall meeting filled with stories of warnings about the dangers of heroin aimed at trying to give hope to those battling addiction and watching what the drug has done to loved ones. Parents, children, police officers and community leaders came Thursday night to the Fox C-6 Service Center in Arnold to learn and to join a fight against a deadly foe, a foe that across the region is taking more lives each year... (more)
March 1, 2012 -
Heroin becomes fatal addiction for more area teens
I never learned about heroin in my pediatric residency. I didn't need to — I never treated a patient with heroin dependency. But this ugly drug has invaded St. Louis and St. Charles County high schools and our community emergency rooms. The new face of heroin is a suburban adolescent, in the prime of life, not breathing.

Heroin causes breathing to slow, and heroin overdose causes death by respiratory depression. These patients arrive in the emergency room blue and nonresponsive. They are usually brought in by nervous friends, also abusers, who do not want their own drug use revealed. These are the lucky ones — most heroin addicts die before anyone realizes they are not just sleeping... (more)

February 2012

February 28, 2012 -
A mother tells son's story of heroin overdose to save others
Two years after her son died of a heroin overdose, Marilyn Smashey still felt like she was constantly reliving the moment she found his body. "It was like instant replay," she said. "Those visions were flashing in my mind all the time."

Green's was one of 17 heroin-related deaths that year in St. Charles County, according to statistics from Chief Medical Examiner Mary Case. The county has seen 106 heroin fatalities since 2002, including 22 deaths in 2010 and 18 last year. So far, heroin has claimed four lives in 2012... (more)

February 22, 2012 -
Sheriff: 'We're Losing the Battle Against Heroin'
With heroin use on the rise amongst suburban youth, authorities and school officials are looking to stay ahead the curve when it comes to educating the public about the dangers of drug abuse.

That's why the Heroin Awareness Campaign, a series of town hall forums designed to inform the community about proactively confronting heroin and prescription painkiller use by St. Louis-area teens, made a stop at Holt High School Tuesday evening... (more)

February 21, 2012 -
Test My Teen' program allows parents to drug test kids
Parents now have the luxury of drug testing their children, in the privacy of their home. A new program called Test My Teen, rolled out in Wentzville last week. The drug testing kit was a timely subject, as St. Charles County had its first Heroin Town Hall meeting Tuesday night.

The "Test My Teen Program" launched across Missouri last month with at least 45 law enforcement agencies participating. The program is sponsored by the Missouri Police Chief's Charitable Foundation... (more)

February 14, 2012 -
How One Mom is Taking on the Heroin Epidemic in St. Louis
Visit and you’ll meet ten young adults. Each one with remarkable talents, whether on the field, in the classroom or on the stage. Each one with big smiles and even bigger hearts who brought joy to those around them.

But with just one hit, their lives took an unexpected twist, stealing their futures and devastating their families. Taylor Green (pictured) is just one of the hundreds of St. Louisans who lost their lives to heroin in the past three years... (more)

February 13, 2012 -
Mandy Murphey Investigates: Drug War In St. Louis
The number of people dying from heroin overdoses has almost doubled in both St. Louis city and county.

The requests for town hall meetings in high schools and communities all over the metro area has surpassed what law enforcement and drug prevention specialists expected. People have realized that heroin and meth are stronger and much deadlier than ever before. Heroin affects all income levels and neighborhoods... (more)

February 3, 2012 -
Parents Share Heroin Horror Stories With St. Charles High School Students
Students at St. Charles High School got a frightening but important lesson today about staying away from heroin.

At a school seminar, they heard from two families who have lost loved ones to heroin. Pam and Terry Jones’ 23 year old son Andrew died from a heroin overdose in May of 2010 at just 23 years old. Marilyn Smashey’s 18 year old son Taylor Green died after overdosing from heroin in December of 2009. Marilyn along with Pam and Terry have shared their painful stories with several groups. They say the heroin problem is so serious that they want to do all they can to keep kids away from the deadly drug... (more)