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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.

Jefferson City Taking a Stand against Heroin

Mar 3, 2014
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Drug overdose rates have been on the rise in Missouri.

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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.

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.

Newscast for May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012
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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

Police discuss heroin increase

May 25, 2012
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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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The Cole County Sheriff’s Department and Jefferson City Police are working on a heroin awareness campaign.