Relative's death spurs Wentzville mayor to join anti-heroin rally

2012-10-22T16:05:00Z 2013-03-21T16:19:46Z Relative's death spurs Wentzville mayor to join anti-heroin rallyBy Mark Schlinkmann mschlinkmann@post-dispatch.com 636-255-7233 stltoday.com

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.

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