National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
“This very cheerful-sounding song, juxtaposed with these horrifying images – we knew it was going to upset people, and we knew we were taking a risk, but we felt like it was a risk worth taking because nothing else has worked.”
There wasn’t any real decline in heroin overdose deaths in 2013 from the previous year.
A hallucinogen made from mescaline, the drug is similar in many ways to LSD and ingested as a liquid, powder, or on a blotter.
It’s called Krokodil — an extremely addictive form of heroin that can be easily cooked up in someone’s home like meth.
The Centers for Disease Control began investigating the drug, a handful of innocent-looking herbs sealed in small packet, after it sent eight users in Georgia to a hospital.
Changing federal drug sentencing laws.
Over the last six-and-a-half years, 1,645 people in the St. Louis area have died of heroin overdoses, a figure the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse calls “pretty horrifying.”
“We have seen an increase in the last several years in frequency of young women, specifically,” abuse counselor Dan Duncan said.
“What seems to be really big in the St. Louis area is marijuana use and it’s been that way for awhile,” Dan Duncan said.
Local substance abuse counselors are concerned over the rise of the hallucinogenic drug, PCP, throughout the area.