St Louis County is facing many challenges related to the growing drug problem in the United States. The city of Creve Coeur is not immune to these issues. Heroin availability and its widespread presence in the St. Louis Metropolitan region continues to be a concern. A report released by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health has shown a steady increase in heroin-related deaths in the county from 2010 to 2014. To learn more about heroin-related death rates in St. Louis County, visit St. Louis County Department of Public Health website.
The Creve Coeur Police Department is aware of the drug problems facing the region. Below is a list of some measures the Creve Coeur Police Department is taking to help protect and educate the citizens regarding drug abuse:
The police department currently offers the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.) to schools that choose to participate.
The police department has an officer detached to the St. Louis County Drug Task Force. This allows the police department to have a direct link to a law enforcement group dedicated to drug enforcement and education.
The police department has an officer certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (D.R.E).
The police department participates in the annual Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. 24/7 prescription drop off locations: www.missourip2d2.org/locations.php
The police department participates in numerous sobriety checkpoints each year.
The officers of Creve Coeur have access to a methamphetamine precursor drug monitoring program through the computers in its police vehicles.
The Creve Coeur Police Department has a low average response time to calls for service. (2015 average response time was three minutes) The sooner an officer arrives on the scene of a drug related emergency, the sooner the officer can start administering aid.
Additionally, The Creve Coeur Fire Protection District and the Monarch Fire Protection District ambulances are currently carrying doses of NARCAN® (naloxone) to help reduce the rate of deaths due to overdose.