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Jefferson City Police Officer Collier Nichols describes the various forms and ingestion methods of heroin to a gathered crowd during a heroin awareness community town hall meeting at First Assembly of God Church on Thursday night.

Jefferson City Police Officer Collier Nichols describes the various forms and ingestion methods of heroin to a gathered crowd during a heroin awareness community town hall meeting at First Assembly of God Church on Thursday night. Photo by Kris Wilson.

Since the beginning of the year, heroin has appeared in the news with increasing frequency — reports of overdoses, arrests linked to robberies and assaults with ties to the Capital City’s newest and fastest growing drug problem.

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Kathleen Mims, of the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, speaks during a heroin awareness community town hall meeting.

The Jefferson City community held its first town hall meeting on how to combat the drug on Thursday, two days after the HOPE (Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education) program officially kicked off with the launch of its www.jeffcityhope.com website.

More than 170 people gathered at First Assembly of God Church for presentations by ....

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