Town-hall meeting to address teen heroin, painkiller abuse

A town-hall meeting about teen heroin and painkiller use will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Lindbergh High School, 5000 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

This area currently is experiencing an extremely dangerous epidemic of heroin and prescription painkiller use by teens, according to a news release from county police. The town-hall meeting is intended to provide helpful and useful information to the community to proactively confront this situation and help stop the epidemic before it gets any worse, the release stated.

This is the sixth town-hall meeting to be conducted. Previous meetings have been offered at Pattonville High School, Hazelwood Central High School, Oakville Senior High School, Marquette High School and Parkway Central High School.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch stated in the release, “The meetings are open to professionals, parents and students. Speakers include those from The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse–St. Louis Area and the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund, law enforcement officers and a family member who has lost a loved one to heroin.

“It is important that we get the message out that this is a very addictive drug and that you cannot even try it one time.”

A seventh meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at Rockwood Summit High School, 1780 Hawkins Road.

Attendance has increased at each meeting with more than 500 people showing up at Parkway Central, according to the release.

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