Community Forum: Today's Heroin Epidemic - Lessons Learned in the 70s

Friday, August 28, 2015

  • 2:00 to 4:30 PM
  • Employment Connection
  • 2838 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Employment Connection, St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR), U.S. Probation Office, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA), ARCHS, and other community partners will present this forum. Lessons learned from the 70s until today will shed light on the heroin epidemic we currently face in the St. Louis region.

Dr. William Harvey will join us as the keynote speaker. He currently is a consultant with: National Drug Information Centre for Families in Action, American Institute of Research, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute on Alcoholism & Alcohol Abuse. Formerly in St. Louis, Dr. Harvey co-directed the Narcotics Service Council (NASCO) with "ex-addict" Don Mitchell until Don's death. They co-founded the organization, which from the early 70s to the 90s operated nonnarcotic heroin detoxification and a group therapeutic halfway house with inpatient and outpatient services.


  • Dr. Harvey (see above)
  • Nancy McCarthy, Co-Chair, STAR and Regional Administrator, Missouri Dept. of Corrections
  • Scott Anders, Deputy Chief, U.S. Probation Office, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Jared Opsal, Public Awareness Specialist, NCADA

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Seating is limited!