Heroin Epidemic
12:45 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Actor's Apparent Heroin Overdose Points To Widespread Trend

The number of deaths in Missouri from heroin overdose has risen exponentially in the past four years.
(via Flickr/Michael Velardo)

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.

Among those who have studied the issue is Theodore “Ted” Cicero, a  professor in neuropharmacology in psychiatry at Washington University Medical School. He has tracked patient trends in 150 drug treatment facilities nationwide for more than seven years.

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