CHESTERFIELD (KMOX)– New figures show that heroin overdose victims are getting younger and younger in St. Louis County.
Last year, most heroin overdose deaths were among 25-to-30 year olds, but in just-compiled stats for this year, more 18-to-24 year olds are dying than any other age group.
“There are now more users in that age range, so naturally there are going to be more deaths,” County Police Captain Chuck Boschert said.
Most of those deaths are happening in the southwest and west corners of St. Louis County.
The latest town hall meeting on the epidemic was Wednesday night at Marquette High School, and there were more empty seats than there had been in other areas of the county.
Rockwood Drug-Free Schools Coalition Coordinator Renee Heney suggests west county parents aren’t as worried about heroin.
“They may be expecting that [their kids] may be doing some underage drinking, maybe trying marijuana,” she said before the meeting. “I wouldn’t call it denial. They just don’t know that it’s so readily available and its so inexpensive.”
Any slowdown in the pace of deaths appears to be evaporating.
In 2010, there were 60 heroin overdose deaths in St. Louis County. Captain Boschert said the latest number for this year is 55.
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