The Kirkwood Call

The Brain Issue: More than just a cautionary tale

An outline of the photo kept on the dresser of Brett Radake that pictures him and Kevin Mullane.

Emma Lingo, editor-in-chief

November 6, 2019

74% of KHS students know someone who has struggled or is struggling with addiction. Substance Abuse Disorder affects many, and Kevin Mullane was one of those who suffered from it.

Needle in a haystack

Needle in a haystack

Ally Ortmann, features + in depth editor

December 4, 2018

Chatter fills the Senior Hall as Principal Dr. Michael Havener, smiles and greets students. Hearing his phone ring, he diverts his attention to the voice on the other end of the line. The news he receives knocks the wind out of him. He asks them to repeat. Everything, the bustle of heading to class,...

The depiction of addiction

 “We get students to see that initially addiction starts out as a choice, but later becomes a disease of the brain.

Amelia Hurley, features writer

December 1, 2018

Sleep deprivation, low energy and harsh mood swings are characteristics often associated with teenagers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States saw a 2.4 percent increase for teenage opioid overdose from 2014-2015. Due to this, KHS health teachers have stressed the importance of healthy decision making from early ...

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...

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...

Heroin hits close to home

Heroin hits close to home

Cece Hensley, in-depth editor

February 22, 2016

*name changed for anonymity After saving $600 to buy a new car, Ainsley’s* money vanished. Yet, the whereabouts of her savings was no mystery. Her older sister, Clare*, had been stealing from her for the past four years to feed her heroin addiction. “Obviously, I was really upset when my s...

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