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The story below talks about how heroin is not just in the city streets, but is also in the suburbs affecting groups of people that were thought not to be affected by this drug in the not so distant past. You can read more about Mitch’s story on the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s website.

Desperate to end the nightmare tearing at his family, an anguished Pete Stenger pulled his son aside to describe in graphic detail what lay ahead if the young man continued using heroin.

“I laid it out for him. I told him he’d be zipped into a body bag, taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy and then to the funeral home where his friends would stand over his casket, crying,” Stenger recalls.

On Dec. 4, the horrific prophecy unfolded exactly as envisioned.

An accomplished guitarist, Mitch Stenger was 23 when he became one of the estimated 2,300 St. Louis area residents who have died from a heroin overdose in the past seven years.

Some live in the city, others in rural outlying areas. Many, like Mitch, in St. Charles County, grew up along quiet suburban cul-de-sacs.