Heroin Response

Among the most the most critical and urgent issues facing our region is the dramatic increase in heroin use, particularly among young people. More than 500 people in our region have died from heroin overdose in the last two years – more than died of prostate cancer and nearly as many that died of breast cancer during this time.

Our Heroin Response program was broadcast live on November 12 at 7 p.m. on Nine PBS. Watch the entire program below:




A Note from Regional Health Commission CEO


Thank you for taking the time to visit this site. We hope it proves useful to you and our community. At the urging of many of our community members, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) has prioritized heroin usage as key health issue for the St. Louis area. As a result, the RHC partnered with Nine Network and other community leaders to bring you this Regional Heroin Response resource hub. Continue Reading




St. Louis County police chief wants to carry heroin antidote in cars

Heroin Response | 30 October 2013

By Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Usually, police pursue other people. But in Quincy, Mass., about three weeks ago, an officer looked in his mirror to see a driver flashing his lights and honking his horn, trying to stop the patrol car. Continue Reading

Proposed Missouri law aimed at saving lives after drug overdoses

Heroin Response | 05 March 2013

David Gears used heroin and, while he still could, asked two acquaintances to take him to a hospital. They refused, fearing prosecution for getting high themselves, according to a police report. Continue Reading

Heroin Education National Award Bestowed on St. Louis County Police Officers

Heroin Response | 12 December 2012

St. Louis County Police Department’s Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force representatives will receive the 2012 “Outstanding Community Prevention Effort Award” in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Continue Reading

Heroin Response Program Videos

Heroin Response | 20 November 2012

The Nine Network's Heroin Response program was broadcast live on November 12, 2012 on Nine PBS. View clips or watch the complete program. Continue Reading

The Heroin Epidemic in the St. Louis Region | Stay Tuned

Heroin Response | 20 November 2012

The heroin epidemic in the St. Louis region was discussed on the Nine Network show Stay Tuned.     Continue Reading

Rallying cry in Wentzville: ‘Heroin kills’

Heroin Response | 17 November 2012

One time and Megan Ramshaw was gone. Ramshaw, 18, died May 19 from a heroin overdose one week before she was to have graduated from Wentzville Holt High School. It was the only time she had used the drug, family members said. Continue Reading

Resources for Help


Need help? Call National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, 314-962-3456
Not-Even-Once is a campaign aimed at teens and their parents to raise awareness of the effects and consequences of Heroin.

In crisis or need to speak to a clinician immediately? Call Behavioral Health Response, 314-469-6644 or 1-800-811-4760. BHR is a professionally staffed, accredited 24/7 clinical call center.

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