The Nine Network Tackles Addiction and Prevention in Heroin Response

Live, Hour-Long Town Hall Program Addresses Epidemic Affecting Neighborhoods Throughout Metropolitan Area


St. Louis, MOOctober 30, 2012In St. Louis, more than 200 people died of a heroin overdose last year. It’s a problem that affects families in all zip codes, all financial situations and all backgrounds.

On Monday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS, the Nine Network of Public Media will air Heroin Response, an hour-long, live town hall that explores the heroin problem in the St. Louis area with a focus on prevention. Nine’s Jim Kirchherr hosts the program, which will be rebroadcast on Nine World November 16 at 8:00 p.m. and November 18 at 7:00 p.m.

During the Heroin Response town hall, a panel of experts will discuss topics like signs of addiction, stigmas and treatment options with a studio audience of community members, health professionals and law enforcement representatives. Among the experts will be CEO of Bridgeway Behavioral Health Michael Morrison and Substance Abuse Treatment Coordinator for the Department of Corrections Diana Harris. A taped story to provide background to the epidemic features Eugene Staten, a recovering heroin addict who spent 20 years in the grip of addiction.

Heroin Response is part of the Nine Network’s ongoing initiative on health. In partnership with the Regional Health Commission, Nine is working to create a better understanding of the heroin epidemic and to connect the community to resources.

Heroin Response will be broadcast live from the Nine Network, 3655 Olive St. in St. Louis. Members of the community who would like to be part of the in-studio audience must register in advance online at            

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, Nine Academy,,, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

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