WENTZVILLE • Mayor Nick Guccione has a personal reason for taking part in an anti-heroin rally in his city: his 18-year-old niece, also a Wentzville resident, died of an overdose of the drug earlier this year.
"Today's heroin user doesn't fit our image of a hardcore junkie shooting up in abandoned buildings," Guccione said.
"Today it's often teens from solid, middle-class families who start using heroin at parties for a fun high but end up hooked or even dead."
Guccione said while his suburban municipality isn't known as a drug hotbed, "I want to get a handle on it before it becomes an issue."
The Wentzville rally, one of a series of events across the St. Louis area, will be from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 along Wentzville Parkway north of the intersection with Pearce Boulevard.
Participants will wear T-shirts and carry signs to make people aware of the growth of heroin use among young people. Last month Guccione took part in an anti-heroin rally at the Gateway Arch.