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Push on in St. Louis County to get heroin addicts into rehab

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There is a push in St. Louis County to get heroin users who nearly overdose into rehab.

Since early 2016, St. Louis County police officers have been carrying NARCAN, an antidote used on someone who is having a heroin overdose. Officers carrying NARCAN is part of an effort to fight the heroin epidemic without using law enforcement.

So far, St. Louis County officers say they’ve used NARCAN 20 times and saved 17 lives. However, once a person’s life is saved, they often have to go to rehab. Many can’t afford rehab’s cost.

St. Louis County wants to get the word out that treatment is available. The county funds both Bridgeway Behavioral Health and Preferred Family Health.

County officials added they are in talks with Jackson County, the county that contains Kansas City, for it to join the prescription drug database St. Louis County created.

The goal is to stop “doctor shopping” for painkillers, in which an addict or dealer goes to differed doctors to buy opioids. Opioid addiction often leads to heroin addiction.

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