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St. Louis, Mo. (KMOX) Some treatment centers are seeing few heroin addicts walk through the door.
Is it a trend?
“I think it’s too early to say but I think it’s encouraging news,” says Wes Tobin, Program Director at The Harris House.
Tobin says admissions at the center are down six-percent from this time last year.
“we also were getting a lot of calls, we answer our phone 24 hours a day for people who need help, we were getting a lot of calls last year regarding opiate addiction and those calls seem to have dropped off over the last couple of months also.”
But Tobin stresses heroin is still a critical issue for young people in the region. He says even with a push to educate families in the region, he’s not seeing addicts walk through the door any sooner than they might normally. “Typically for addictions though it takes a catastrophic event before a person will start to take a look at their addiction, families are in denial of what’s going on, clients are in denial of what’s going on.”