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Heroin Addiction & Treatment In The St. Louis Area

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The number of heroin deaths in St. Louis County has decreased 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.

In fact, St. Louis city, and St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties in Missouri, and Madison County in Illinois may be on pace for more heroin deaths this year than last, as the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported in May.

Host Don Marsh talks with Dan Duncan, Director of Community Services for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area, and Michael Morrison, Chief Executive Officer at Bridgeway Behavioral Health. 

Among other things, they will talk about the growing incidence of heroin use and new ways to prevent and treat addiction.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse provides a variety of educational services and counseling to prevent and treat drug and alcohol abuse.  Bridgeway Behavioral Health provides services to those struggling with substance abuse, addiction and co-occurring mental health problems.

Related Event

The Nine Network of Public Media Presents a Town Hall Meeting "Heroin Response"
Monday, November 12, 2012
7:00 p.m.
(repeated November 16 at 8:00 p.m. and November 18 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine World)

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Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.
Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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