St. Louis County sees drop in heroin overdoses, continues to raise awareness


It is good to know that the amount of heroin overdoses have decreased, but it is even better to know that word of mouth is spreading like wild fire. If people continue speak up about heroin, the numbers could decrease even more. St. Louis Public Radio’s Evita Caldwell writes about an interview with a detective from the St. Louis County Police Department Bureau of Drug Enforcement, Casey Lambert, about the positive impact of awareness and the Good Samaritan law.

In St. Louis County, 36 people have died from a heroin overdose this year. Although the number is a 23 percent decrease from the 47 fatalities reported last June, there is still much to overcome.

“Trying to get the word out to people who need it, to hear it, is the hard part,” Lambert said. “We have town hall meetings and those citizens that attend are a lot of times retired and don’t have younger kids.”

Lambert said officials are collaborating on a variety of platforms to reach their target audience, including advertising on apps such as Pandora, on billboards, and through films such as “The Heroin Project.” In addition, the proposed Good Samaritan law would offer legal protection to people who contact emergency officials for overdose victims.

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“This drug does not discriminate,” Lambert said. “We do have more white males that are dying from it, however this year we’ve also had more than 10 black males that have died from it. So overall, I don’t think it’s a white or black issue, and if this Good Samaritan law passes, it’s going to [benefit] all races.”

“It’s never too early, it’s never too late [to seek help],” Lambert said. “As soon as you find out that your child is using any type of drug, there’s multiple resources around the area. Whatever best suits the individual, we can help them find that help.”

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