Heroin

Eleven people from White County have been arrested in connection to a lengthy narcotics investigation.

The Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, White County Sheriff's Office and the Carmi Police Department arrested seven people on drug-related charges and four others on non-drug related warrants.

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Five people were arrested in Mt. Vernon on drug related charges.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office High Risk Team served a drug search warrant early Thursday morning at a residence on South 24th Street in Mt. Vernon.

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Congressman Mike Bost voted this week for a series of House bills intended to help stem the tide of the opioid crisis.

In a refrigerator in the coroner’s office in Marion County, Indiana, rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye. In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators. 


Two men - one wanted for murder - are in custody after a drug bust in Marion Thursday.

The Marion Police Narcotics Unit raided two homes on West Boulevard Street. Investigators say heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, and ammunition were all found in addition to the two suspects.

The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation intended to make it easier to hold drug dealers accountable when their customers overdose.
 
After eight years in the Army, Evan Rushing had PTSD. One day last year, he drove to St. Louis to buy heroin. It was a bad batch; he overdosed and died.

Opioid Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit

Feb 28, 2017
Opioid Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
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Dozens gathered at John A Logan College Tuesday for the 3rd annual Opioid Prescription Drug and heroin Abuse summit.

Updated at 4:16 p.m. Sept. 2 with information from pharmacies — According to a spokesperson with the state department that oversees the Missouri Board of Pharmacy, Missouri pharmacies do not have to wait for final rules from the board before distributing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription.

“The new provisions are ‘self-executing’ and do not require a Board rule for implementation.  This means pharmacists with a valid protocol are authorized to dispense naloxone, as of [Aug. 28, 2016],” said Yaryna Klimchak with the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration.

The state’s heroin crisis has captured headlines and the attention of lawmakers. But in the past few years, the number of methamphetamine lab busts has crept back up, and law enforcement officials say the drug is also coming into the state from Mexico. 

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Faculty and staff at the SIU School of Law heard Tuesday directly from a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice.

Democratic Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says Merrick Garland would be a good addition to the court because you can't tell what his politics are.

A comprehensive package to fight the growing problem of heroin abuse is set to become law in Illinois.

The House and the Senate have now both overridden the governor's partial veto of the bill...requiring Medicaid coverage of heroin treatment and addiction services.

The Illinois House has overruled Governor Bruce Rauner over how to address heroin addiction in the state.

Lawmakers spent more than a year working on a big anti-heroin initiative. It passed with both Democratic and Republican support, but Rauner vetoed a provision to expand treatment for low-income addicts.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin was among the bipartisan group of lawmakers who voted to overrule the governor's changes.

Updated on July 21 to add information about the film's screening as part of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. The co-directors were guests on "St. Louis on the Air."

When Ashley Seering and Cory Byers started gathering stories about heroin addiction and deaths in southern Illinois, the Edwardsville-based filmmakers didn’t realize it would turn into a feature-length documentary.

Bipartisan legislation intended to fight the heroin epidemic and prescription drug abuse in Illinois is headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.

The Illinois House overwhelmingly approved a plan that seeks to curb the abuse of heroin and painkilling drugs.

Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Experts at the local, state, and federal level are battling a problem they say is growing surprisingly fast. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller explores the issue in this special report: Heroin in the Heartland.

For many years, if you asked someone in law enforcement about drugs they were finding, methamphetamine would top the list. Today, that list is changing.

“After probably 2002-2003, I probably only saw, in my patrol function and things that I did, saw heroin maybe one time until 2010-2011. Fast forward to where we are now, heroin is becoming as popular as crack cocaine.”

The Illinois State Crime Commission is calling for a statewide anti-heroin task force.