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Metro Saint Louis a Hot Spot For Heroin


Metro Saint Louis a Hot Spot For Heroin

A top agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says St. Louis is among the “hot spots” nationally in a growing fight against heroin. Michael Kress, a supervisory special agent with the DEA, says the drug is flourishing here thanks to an entrenched network of drug dealers in the St. Louis area.
“The St. Louis metropolitan area seems to be really getting hit hard,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “Heroin trafficking organizations in this area, the St. Louis area, are bringing in higher quantities and purities of the heroin.”
And that’s where the economics of this heroin explosion begin. Because the heroin…

Drug trials show positive results with opioid addiction


Drug trials show pos…

 Drug addiction investigators with joint appointments at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, along with MediciNova, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, have reported preliminary results of the company’s neurological drug candidate,…

Heroin overdoses to now be investigated as potenti…

 Heroin use is rising in St. Louis suburbs, and it’s becoming the drug of choice.
According to officials, heroin-related overdoses and deaths have spiked from last year.
In Madison County, Ill. the number of deaths caused by the drug have doubled since 2010.
After three men from Granite City Tuesday were found dealing the drug, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced it will start investigating heroin overdoses as an attempted homicide.
Anyone who is caught distributing the drug to someone who overdoses could face a minimum of 20 years in prison. The maximum sentence would be life in prison.
The three suspects from Granite City caught…

Scientists Create Vaccine Against Heroin High


Scientists Create Vaccine Against Heroin High

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have developed a highly successful vaccine against a heroin high and have proven its therapeutic potential in animal models.
The new study, published recently online ahead of print by the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, demonstrates how a novel vaccine produces antibodies (a kind of immune molecule) that stop not only heroin but also other psychoactive compounds metabolized from heroin from reaching the brain to produce euphoric effects.
“In my 25 years of making drug-of-abuse vaccines, I haven’t seen such a strong immune response as I have with…

Heroin overdose deaths skyrocketing; Alton, IL

The death of a man this week in East Alton potentially is the 22nd fatal heroin overdose of 2011, a number four times greater than what Madison County saw just four years ago, the coroner said Tuesday.
“In 2008, we had five cases; in 2009, seven; in 2010, 18,” Coroner Stephen Nonn said. “There is definitely a problem here. We’re not even halfway through the year.”
An autopsy was conducted Tuesday on Jessie S. Outhouse, 29, who died at his home in the 200 block of Westwood Place in East Alton; his body was found Monday. Results of the toxicology tests will not be known for several weeks, but if they bear out, the…

St. Louis County Police Say They’ll Pursue 3-Pronged Plan to Combat Rise in Heroin Use – Clayton-Richmond Heights, MO Patch


St. Louis County Pol…

Local law enforcement are partnering with a federal agency and a support group to identify traffickers and help those addicted to the drug.
St. Louis County law enforcement offices are partnering with federal officials for a two-month effort aimed at cracking down on heroin use, county…

Alcohol ‘more …

Sacked government drugs adviser David Nutt publishes investigation in Lancet reopening debate on classification
Heroin causes harm to users, but alcohol causes considerably more harm in the wider community, study finds. Photograph: Action Press/Rex FeaturesAlcohol is the most dangerous drug in…