New push to fight heroin and prescription painkiller addiction

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A new push begins to fight addictions to heroin and prescription painkillers. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is teaming up with St. Louis County Police and state lawmakers for the effort.

The NCADA is hoping Missouri lawmakers establish a prescription drug monitoring program, grant immunity to people who call 911 during an overdose.  They also plan to increase access to Naloxone, a life-saving drug during overdose.

Doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are expected to treat more than 800 heroin and prescription drug overdoses, this year alone.

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