According to St. Louis County’s police department located in the state of Missouri, heroin overdose claimed the lives of 49 individuals in the past year.
St. Louis County police Chief Tim Fitch believes the problem has reached epidemic proportions with almost every race and social class succumbing to heroin, the popular and cheap alternative to other illegal substances with widespread availability.
The campaign “Curiosity + Heroin: Not Even Once”, a joint effort of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, St. Louis County’s Children's Service Fund and the St. Louis County Police Department have all been working closely together to educate the public on the detrimental side effects of using heroin. Furthermore, they have been identifying and arresting individuals who supply the drug in schools and neighborhoods across the countyThe campaign has vowed to battle long and hard with heroin’s low costs, widespread availability and decreasing social stigma, in hopes of eliminating the heartbreaking causalities of heroin overdose within the next few years.
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