ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Three-hundred people in St. Louis County have died from heroin overdose in the past few years, now, County Police are teaming up with the Feds to battle the widespread problems.
A St. Louis County task force now works side-by-side with the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to educate people on the dangers of heroin.
A detective in the unit told News 4 the task force aims to educate people on how easy it is to get addicted to heroin. The detective said most people start by getting addicted to pain killers, when the prescription runs out they turn to heroin because it mimics the morphine high at a cheap price.
County Police will launch a full campaign to increase public awareness regarding heroin in the next few months. Police say they plan to place ads on billboards and bus stops in the area.