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TRUE STORY: Jordan Cole Lunsford, 17, Warrenton, Mo., Heroin

After using heroin once, Jordan died.  He was a good kid, a happy kid, a kid that was going through a rough moment and his bad choice and the company he kept that night was a recipe for his death. Read more.

   200% rise in drug-related overdose deaths over the last decade in St. Louis (*Source: DEA St. Louis Division      Intelligence)

Chasing the Dragon

(West Newsmagazine, April 11, 2016)  Between 2007 and 2015, 2,844 people died from heroin and opiate overdoses in the city of St. Louis.  Chasing that first high explains much of the rampant ongoing substance abuse taking place READ MORE

Former Heroin Addict Writes Play, Book to Offer Warning and Hope

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 9, 2016) Ty Bechel is a recovering heroin addict. He descended from pain-pill abuse to heroin, landed in jail and almost lost his family.  "I am not unique," he said. "This can happen to anybody." READ MORE

Legalizing marijuana will increase our opiate epidemic

(New Boston Post, March 3, 2016)   We have, for some time, known that the more marijuana there is in our communities, the more opiate and heroin use rises. Now, brain science is beginning to READ MORE