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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) -  They say talk is cheap, but it’s also been invaluable in spreading the word about the dangers of heroin addiction.

That’s according to St. Louis County police chief Tim Fitch, who says young people appear to be “getting the message”.

“More people know about it, more people know the signs and the symptoms, they know when to intervene earlier now because they now know what they’re dealing with,” Fitch told KMOX News following Monday night’s town hall meeting in Clayton. “Professionals believe that’s the biggest reason why we’ve seen this change.”

He’s talking about statistics showing that while there were 24 heroin overdose deaths in the county at this time last year, there have been just eight reported so far in 2012.

“It remains to be seen whether this is a pattern that will continue or if it will increase,” Fitch cautioned. “But it certainly is the most positive sign that we’ve seen since we started this initiative about a year ago.”

A series of educational town hall forums about heroin will continue tonight, Tuesday May 8th, beginning at 7 p.m. at Francis Howell Central High School, 4545 Central School Road, St. Charles MO 63304.

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