Community Awareness Night

In 2015, 53 St. Charles County residents died of prescription opioid or heroin overdose. In 2016, St. Charles County Ambulance District responded to more than 400 overdose calls. Prescription Opioids and Heroin addiction claim younger and younger victims each year.  

Awareness night will feature break-out discussions with:
Detective Juan Wilson, St. Charles City Police Department
Special Agent Tim McDermott, Drug Enforcement Agency
Tim Lohmar, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney
Cassie Morris, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Lisa Cassidy & Kyle Gaines, St. Charles Co. Ambulance District
Beth Sailors, Preferred Family Health

     Medication disposal bags available courtesy Boys & Girls Clubs, St. Charles County

Why is Fort Zumwalt hosting this event?

Across St. Charles County, public and non-profit agencies have been working to strengthen awareness of the growing crisis of heroin and opioid prescription addiction. Fort Zumwalt School District is proud to provide a venue that brings these many resources together under one roof to provide the opportunity for our community to gather information, ask questions and inform themselves and their loved ones about the dangers of the addiction.

Do I have to be a Fort Zumwalt parent or resident?

This event is open, and free, to those who attend. We welcome anyone looking for more information on how to combat this crisis.

Can I bring my kids?

The program these agencies will be providing is age appropriate for students 12 and older to attend with parents. Special thanks to students from the East High School National Honor Society, who are volunteering to provide childcare for students younger than 12.

What information will be available?

St. Charles County law enforcement, emergency responders, healthcare providers, community resource providers and parent advocates will be on hand to present information and share their stories. Each agency will present its unique perspective on the heroin and opioid prescription crisis as well as provide an opportunity for a question and answer session.

What if I can’t make it but want more information?

Fort Zumwalt School District will make as much information available as possible in the What Every Parent Should Know portion of our website:

Flyer for 7 pm Jan 25
Community Awareness Night:
Heroin & Opioid Prescription Crisis in St. Charles County

7 p.m., Jan. 25, 2017
East High School Auditorium

Click to watch a Channel 5 story previewing the event.