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Fort Zumwalt School District holding event to educate community about heroin, opioids

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ST. PETERS, Mo. ( – The Fort Zumwalt School District is holding an event to educate the community about heroin.

In 2015, 53 people died of prescription opioid or heroin overdoses in St. Charles County, and in 2016, the ambulance district responded to more than 400 overdose calls, according to the St. Charles County Ambulance District. Officials said the victims are getting younger each year.

An investigator told News 4 that for the past several years capsules of heroin, known as “buttons,” have been commonly found at high school parties.

Wednesday night’s “Community Awareness Night” will be a chance for parents and young people to ask questions and learn about the dangers of opioids. The night will feature leaders in the fight against heroin and drug addiction, such as DJuan Wilson with the St. Charles City Police Department and St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar.

Organizers said the event is appropriate for students age 12 and older, but they will be providing childcare for students under 12.

The event, which is free and open to everyone, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fort Zumwalt East High School Auditorium.

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