The Kirkwood Call

Prescription for addiction

art by Maggie Burton

Jack Anderson, features writer

November 30, 2018

A woman named Emily from Rochester, New York, had a doctor who prescribed her painkillers for fibromyalgia and arthritis. She grew up in an upper-class suburb and according to PBS, after taking the painkillers for years and building a physical dependency, her doctor made the decision to stop writing he...

Juuls, drugs and alcohol oh my

Juuls, drugs and alcohol oh my

Jonathan Munroe, news writer

September 7, 2018

On September 5, anxious and frightened parents filed into Nipher Middle School for the Addiction is Real (AIR) program. They were asked to pick up a clipboard and proceed to a staged bedroom where over 70 items were hidden such as Juul’s, fake shaving cream cans and even flasks disguised as tampon...

Simply Demi

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Ally Ortmann, features writer

October 25, 2017

As she sat down in class she was handed a note, opening it she found herself looking at a petition signed by her peers stating she should kill herself. Now, 13 years later, she is a world renowned popstar. Demi Lovato released a documentary on Oct. 17, 2017 that dove into the hardships she has faced. T...

The affected

The affected

Katie Judd, copy editor

December 13, 2016

In Kirkwood, deaths from heroin are four times the national average, according to CNN. Since 2013, six KHS students have died with speculation of drug abuse. Robert Riley, co-founder of Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, spoke at a mandatory school-wide assembly Jan. 28, 2016 about heroin. W...

The affected

The affected

Katie Judd, copy editor

December 2, 2016

He cracked open a capsule bean and let the brown, sandy contents pour onto the table. He tapped his fingers on the table before snorting heroin for the first time. He took a hard sniff through a plastic straw and immediately felt the heroin bolt up his nostrils. Five minutes passed before the sting of the...

Searching for the solution

Ceci Bodet, Educational Support Conselor

Adele Baughman, copy editor

December 1, 2016

Reduced anxiety, relieved tension and a harmless experiment. According to Addiction Center, these are the false expectations people have of heroin. Since 2013, six deaths among KHS students and alumni have occurred with speculations of drug abuse. Ceci Bodet, educational support counselor for Altern...

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