Heroin Deaths Dropping Sharply in St. Louis Co.
CLAYTON (AP) - Heroin deaths continue to spike in many areas of the country, but St. Louis County is bucking the trend.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the county has reported 14 deaths from heroin through April 10, a big drop from 32 deaths in the same period of 2011.
Officials believe a strong public awareness campaign in the county is making a difference. St. Louis County Police frequently hold town hall meetings at high schools and are involved in other outreach efforts.
St. Louis city and St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties may be on pace for more heroin deaths this year compared to last. The same is true for Madison County, Ill.