- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - The St. Louis County Police Department is rolling out a new education initiative in response to a spate of heroin-related deaths in the region.

KWMU-FM (bit.ly/1K77eZ3 ) reports that a detective assigned to the new effort will focus on public education while working with treatment and advocacy groups.

The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse-St. Louis Area says the county has had at least 90 overdose deaths in each of the past three years and has seen a 90 percent increase in heroin-related deaths since 2007.

The group is behind a musical anti-heroin commercial seen locally during the Super Bowl.

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Information from: KWMU-FM, https://www.kwmu.org

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