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Curiosity & Heroin

Is prescription painkiller and heroin abuse really a problem?

It’s not just a problem in poor or urban areas. At NCADA, we began to notice an increase of calls coming into our helpline specifically referencing heroin around 2007. In 2010 the number of these type of counseling calls increased dramatically, and they were coming from all over the St. Louis area. With the help of local health departments and coroner’s offices we then began to track the overdose deaths for the area, and we saw the rate of opiate-related deaths increase around 300%. We noticed a similar increase in the amount of people entering treatment facilities for opiate-related addictions. This scourge has since spread across the entire country, and we need the help of elected officials, schools, health professionals, business leaders, and you to end this epidemic.