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Our nation is in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis. As a response, the DEA 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating heroin/opioid use through law enforcement, diversion control and community outreach.

Prevent Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse


St. Louis 360 PSA (2016)

200% rise in drug-related overdose deaths over the last decade in St. Louis (Source: DEA St. Louis Division Intelligence) Watch.

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Classroom Resources for Educators

The DEA and Discovery Education have teamed up to launch Operation Prevention, a program geared towards fighting opioid misuse among young people. Their site includes interactive K-12 lessons, virtual field trips, resources for parents and more. Go to Operation Prevention's website.

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How Much Do You Know?

Test your knowledge about opioids by taking this quiz.



Narcan available at more than 8,000 Walgreens locations nationwide

(CBS News, October 26)  Narcan, a nasal spray form of naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses, will now be a little easier to get. Read more.

Chasing the Dragon

(West Newsmagazine, April 11, 2016)  Between 2007 and 2015, 2,844 people died from heroin and opiate overdoses in the city of St. Louis.  Chasing that first high explains much of the rampant ongoing substance abuse taking place now.  READ MORE

Former Heroin Addict Writes Play, Book to Offer Warning and Hope

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 9, 2016) Ty Bechel is a recovering heroin addict. He descended from pain-pill abuse to heroin, landed in jail and almost lost his family.

"I am not unique," he said. "This can happen to anybody."  READ MORE


Crime Spike in St. Louis Traced to Cheap Heroin and Mexican Cartels

(New York Times, April 2, 2016)  In recent years, Mexican traffickers have inundated the St. Louis area with a new, potent form of heroin, drastically reducing prices for the drug and increasing its strength to attract suburban users.  The dispersal of the cheap heroin READ MORE


Legalizing Marijuana Will Increase Our Opiate Epidemic

(New Boston Post, March 3, 2016)   We have, for some time, known that the more marijuana there is in our communities, the more opiate and heroin use rises. Now, brain science is beginning to  READ MORE