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.

Watch the entire Heroin Response 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




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

Providers work hard to stay ahead of heroin epidemic

Heroin Response | 17 November 2012

When Christian Hospital opened its drug treatment center about eight years ago, it probably didn’t expect some of the addiction trends that have since taken shape among young people in the St. Louis area. Continue Reading

Nine Network hosts town hall on heroin addiction among young people

Heroin Response | 16 November 2012

The new face of heroin addiction in St. Louis – more suburban, more middle class and much whiter – was brought into sharp focus Monday night by a town hall sponsored by the Nine Network of Public Media and the Saint Louis Regional Health Commission. Continue Reading

Heroin Addiction & Treatment In The St. Louis Area

Heroin Response | 08 November 2012

The number of heroin deaths in St. Louis County has decreased in recent months when compared to recent years, however, use of and addiction to the drug in the St. Louis area has grown to epidemic proportions. Continue Reading

Region is responding to heroin problem with more money for treatment

Heroin Response | 08 November 2012

This chilling warning, printed on a colorful placard at an anti-drug rally in September at the Gateway Arch, sums up the impact of heroin abuse in the St. Louis area. Continue Reading

Tweetup for Nine Network’s Heroin Response on November 12

Heroin Response | 06 November 2012

What exactly is a Tweetup at the Nine Network? A tweetup is an in-person gathering that makes use of the social network website Twitter. At a Nine tweetup, participants stand together to spread the message that we do not want heroin to continue to threaten our community. 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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