heroin http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Nixon Signs Bill To Expand Access Of Heroin Antidote To First Responders http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-signs-bill-expand-access-heroin-antidote-first-responders <p>Missouri state Rep. Dave Hinson has seen first-hand what a lifesaver a heroin antidote can be.</p><p>Hinson, R-St. Clair, is a paramedic based in north St. Louis County. Just recently, he said, he used the antidote to save the life of a homeless man at a Metrolink stop who had apparently overdosed on heroin.</p><p>“It’s pretty simple to identify a heroin overdose, with the pinpoint pupils,” said Hinson. If the antidote is given soon enough – before the user has stopped breathing for several minutes – the effects of the heroin can be swiftly reversed.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:11:48 +0000 Jo Mannies 37770 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Signs Bill To Expand Access Of Heroin Antidote To First Responders Got Unwanted Prescription Drugs? Get Rid Of Them On Saturday http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/got-unwanted-prescription-drugs-get-rid-them-saturday <p>The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Saturday is sponsoring a nationwide <a href="http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html" target="_blank">prescription drug take-back event</a>.</p><p>Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., anyone can turn in their expired or unwanted medications at thousands of police stations, pharmacies, and other sites across the country, including here in St. Louis.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:49:26 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35555 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Got Unwanted Prescription Drugs? Get Rid Of Them On Saturday Cook Gets Two Years In St. Clair County Heroin Case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cook-gets-two-years-st-clair-county-heroin-case <p>A former St. Clair County judge will spend two years in federal prison for federal drug and weapons charges.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:45:15 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 34834 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cook Gets Two Years In St. Clair County Heroin Case Madison County Officials Detail Strategy To Combat Heroin Use http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/madison-county-officials-detail-strategy-combat-heroin-use <p>For Michael Shah of the Drug Enforcement Agency, children should have no expectation of privacy. That’s an especially important attitude for parents worried about their kids using heroin.&nbsp;</p><p>During a speech before the Madison County heroin task force in Edwardsville on Friday, Shah said that parents shouldn’t be shy about looking through their children’s stuff – including their cars or their dirty clothes. Anything, he said, to detect heroin use as early as possible.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:46:44 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34263 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Madison County Officials Detail Strategy To Combat Heroin Use The St. Louis Heroin Epidemic: Who Is Addicted And Where Is It Coming From? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-heroin-epidemic-who-addicted-and-where-it-coming <p>St. Louis has a heroin problem. And the problem is growing, especially among suburban youth.</p><p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/actors-apparent-heroin-overdose-points-widespread-trend">As previously reported</a> by St. Louis Public Radio, the number of deaths in Missouri caused by heroin has doubled in recent years, with 90 percent of those deaths occurring in St. Louis.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:30:18 +0000 Camille Phillips 34137 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The St. Louis Heroin Epidemic: Who Is Addicted And Where Is It Coming From? Federal Court Rejects Plea Deal For St. Clair County Judge Caught Up In Drug Scandal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-court-rejects-plea-deal-st-clair-county-judge-caught-drug-scandal <p>A federal court in Illinois has rejected a plea agreement that would have sent former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook to prison for 18 months on drug and weapons charges.</p><p>Judge Joe McDade, who normally presides over federal cases in Peoria, Ill., told attorneys for both sides today that he did not believe the proposed sentence was long enough to assure St. Clair County residents that their judiciary was in good hands. McDade was assigned to the case after two judges from the Southern District recused&nbsp;themselves.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:05:32 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 34028 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal Court Rejects Plea Deal For St. Clair County Judge Caught Up In Drug Scandal Madison County Launches Task Force To Combat Heroin Epidemic http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/madison-county-launches-task-force-combat-heroin-epidemic <p>The top two law enforcement officials in Madison County, Ill., say they want to hear from anyone and everyone who might have ideas about slowing the heroin epidemic in the county.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:55:15 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33878 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Madison County Launches Task Force To Combat Heroin Epidemic Actor's Apparent Heroin Overdose Points To Widespread Trend http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/actors-apparent-heroin-overdose-points-widespread-trend <p>Experts who study drug trends say the presumed fatal heroin overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman shines the spotlight anew on the need for society to come to grips with widespread heroin abuse across the nation and in St. Louis.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among those who have studied the issue is Theodore “Ted” Cicero, a &nbsp;professor in </span>neuropharmacology<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in psychiatry at Washington University Medical School. He has tracked patient trends in 150 drug treatment facilities nationwide for more than seven years.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:45:14 +0000 Robert Joiner 33484 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Actor's Apparent Heroin Overdose Points To Widespread Trend Former St. Clair County Circuit Judge's Heroin Supplier Pleads Guilty In Federal Court http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-st-clair-county-circuit-judges-heroin-supplier-pleads-guilty-federal-court <p>Federal prosecutors say a southwestern Illinois man who admitted to trafficking heroin supplied the narcotic almost daily to a former judge now facing drug and weapons charges.</p><p>Thirty-four-year-old Sean McGilvery of Belleville pleaded guilty to heroin conspiracy and possession Thursday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.<br />&nbsp;Prosecutors say Michael Cook was a St. Clair County circuit judge when he got heroin from McGilvery "on an almost daily basis."</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:25:17 +0000 The Associated Press 30765 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former St. Clair County Circuit Judge's Heroin Supplier Pleads Guilty In Federal Court Heroin Addiction & Treatment In The St. Louis Area http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/heroin-addiction-treatment-st-louis-area <p>The number of <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/heroin-deaths-decline-st-louis-county">heroin deaths in St. Louis County has decreased</a> in recent months when compared to recent years, however, use of and addiction to the drug in the St. Louis area has grown to epidemic proportions.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:08:02 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 6142 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Heroin Addiction & Treatment In The St. Louis Area