4:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

New Mo. law allows EMT's to use heroin antidote

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that permits police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to obtain and administer an antidote for heroin overdoses.

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4:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Jefferson City Taking a Stand against Heroin

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Drug overdose rates have been on the rise in Missouri.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:34 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Why local advocates are rallying to support Missouri's 911 Good Samaritan bill

Credit Alexandra Olgin / KBIA News

A recent study by researchers at Chicago’s Roosevelt University found that between 2007 and 2011, the number of deaths from heroin overdose in the state of Missouri more than tripled. In 2007, fewer than 70 people died from heroin overdose. In 2011, that number ballooned to 244. 

Studies show most accidental overdoses happen in the presence of others. KBIA’s Alexandra Olgin takes us to a rally in Jefferson City on Tuesday supports a bill that could encourage overdose witnesses to be a Good Samaritan and call 911.

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3:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Local advocates rally at capitol to support "Good Samaritan" bill

Credit Alexandra Olgin

Local advocates are striving to get the heroin problem in Missouri under control.The Missouri Recovery Network and Roosevelt University in Chicago conducted a study of heroin use. They found more people sought treatment for heroin and opiates than for methamphetamines in Missouri.

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AM Newscasts
10:27 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Newscast for May 25, 2012

Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Police discuss heroin increase
  • New bus route to run between MU, downtown Columbia
  • University of Missouri Press to be eliminated
Science, Health and Technology
9:17 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Police discuss heroin increase

Emily, a former heroin addict, talks about her struggle for sobriety at the town-hall meeting. Emily, who didn't share her last name with reporters, has been sober for five months, the longest stretch since she was 13.
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Columbia Police started seeing an increase in the number of heroin-related arrests and overdoses beginning about six months ago. Heroin is now the number-one drug the department investigates. Last night police held a town-hall meeting to inform residents about the growing threat.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:32 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Cole County sees increase in heroin use

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The Cole County Sheriff’s Department and Jefferson City Police are working on a heroin awareness campaign.

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