St. Louis aldermen consider bills meant to fight heroin epidemic - KMOV.com

St. Louis aldermen consider bills meant to fight heroin epidemic

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Two measures were recently introduced in the St. Louis Board of Alderman meant to fight the heroin epidemic.

One measure calls for a prescription drug monitoring program so addicts and dealers can’t go doctor shopping, where they go from doctor to doctor seeking an opioid prescription.

The proposed ordinance would give limited immunity to anyone who calls for help during a drug overdose. Sponsors hope the ordinance would end “body dumping” where drug users drop off someone who is overdosing at an emergency room and then drive away.

“The immunity granted would not apply where there are existing warrants for that person’s arrest,” said St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. Joyce added she believes the legislation is a good idea.

Alderwoman Cara Spencer said the epidemic hits close to home for her because her cousin died from an overdose.

“This is an issue that affects every family, every block in our city and every community in this country,” Spencer said.

Addiction expert Chad Sabora, with the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, told News 4 users fear arrest and jail time, which discourages them from calling 911 if someone they know is overdosing.

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