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What is Suburban Junky?
SUBURBAN JUNKY is a memoir based on Jude Hassan's seven year battle with heroin addiction. The author, Jude Hassan, currently travels around the St. Louis region sharing his story to audiences of all types and sizes. If you would like to book Jude for a speaking event, please click here.

What is our mission?
Our purpose is to provide youth and parents with honest information related to drug addiction, and the risks associated with it. We utilize every possible platform to accomplish this, including: information services, a strong online presence, school-based events, literature, and community outreach. We urge parents, students, teachers, users, former users, and anyone else with suggestions, to reach out to us with your thoughts. You can reach us via email at,, or visit the Contact Us page. As always, we thank you for any suggestions you may have.

In your opinion, how can I keep my child from using drugs?
Never shy away from the issue. Talk to your child early on about the risks associated with drug abuse, and make sure they know what to do in case they are ever approached by someone who offers them drugs. Set a specific time and date to talk to your child, and try your best to stick to it. Also, make sure you don't push your kids away by being overly aggressive. This can be tough to do given the situation, but try your best to remain calm. Visit for more help on how to begin these conversations with your child.

What should I do if I suspect my child is using drugs?

Don't wait to intervene. Talk to your child about your suspicions. Educate yourself on the issue and try to be firm, yet loving. Try your best not to escalate the situation or force your child into a corner, possibly grant them a one-time pass if they come clean. Give them a chance to be honest with you. Show them that you can be trusted with the information, but make sure they know where you stand on the issue. Keep the lines of communication open by any means necessary. Click here to learn how to take the first step.

Can I post a tribute for a loved one?
Absolutely. If you would like to share your story/photo of a loved one who has passed, submit a request using the Submit A Tribute form.

If myself or a loved one is in need of help, what can I do?
You can enter a request for treatment using the Treatment Request form. Additionally, we have posted links and phone numbers on the Rehab Info page for those in need of help. We carefully consider each link/phone number before posting them, and we strongly believe that the resources we have compiled for you are some of the best out there.

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