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Documentary Takes Deep Look at Heroin Problem in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Anatomy of an Overdose, a new documentary produced locally, is the latest tool to fight against the heroin scourge, which doesn’t seem to be abating.

Dr. Joseph Forand, Chief of Staff at St. Anthony’s and the film’s executive producer, got involved with the film after seeing and hearing about one tragic death after another.

In fact, in Anatomy of an Overdose‘s final scene, the director gets a call from a friend, a fellow doctor, asking for help with a heroin addiction.

“Unfortunately, he left that as a voicemail,” Forand says. “And the next day, this personan educated physicianhad died.”

So, is the situation getting any better?

Heroin overdose deaths are down in St. Louis, but Jared Opsal of the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse says that’s because police and EMTs now carry NARCAN, a heroin antidote.

“The numbers have stabilized,” he says. “They’ve gone down a tad.”

However, he says treatment admissions are holding steady, and heroin is still a huge problem.

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