Heroin: Killing a New Generation — Part 4

Megan Lynch

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Michael Heard and Andrew Jones were both bright, accomplished young men from good, loving families. But heroin robbed them of everything, including their lives.

Their parents tell their stories in Part Four of “Heroin: Killing a New Generation”.

Listen to Megan’s report below:

 Heroin: Killing a New Generation — Part 4

Andrew Jones' senior picture. Click on the picture for more photos of Jones and Michael Heard.

As you’ve been listening to this week’s reports “Heroin: Killing a New Generation”, have you talked to your kids about what they’re seeing in their school or your neighborhood?

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“Heroin: Killing a New Generation”
Five-part KMOX News series
Airs Monday, May 9 – Friday, May 13
8:40 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.

Heroin: Killing a New Generation — Part 1
Heroin: Killing a New Generation — Part 2
Heroin: Killing a New Generation — Part 3
Heroin: Killing a New Generation — Part 5

Related Links:
The Drug Enforcement Administration
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Bridgeway Counseling
Assisted Recovery Centers of America
Parents the Anti-Drug

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  • Jnce

    The title tells the whole story of why this epidemic is happening, blaming the inanimate powder heroin, for whoever takes it’s actions. We have an epidemic of unmotivated, uninvolved, students with little self discipline. Parents of these kids, look in the mirror. Saying, oh well, you can’t know where they are all the time is a cop out. A good parent does! We have a generation with plummeting high school graduation rates, single parent homes, and kids without guidance much of the time. Until we have a resurgence of pressure to take the right path, and ethical values, it will continue.

  • Dawn

    Jnce how dare you judge this family after all they have been through. The whole point of this story is it can strike anyone’s child, even yours. Andrew was a fine young man from a fine family. He was a college athlete. His problem started with the prescribed drug oxycontin. When he dropped out of college during his junior year (yes he was an adult) his family did everything they could do to help him and when he ultimately passed due to an overdose, he had been in treatment and was supposedly sober. The sad fact is once someone gets addicted to heroin no matter what the family does, there is not much they can do beyond being supportive. This story is a warning to parents everywhere that it’s NOT just burnouts and slackers that are at risk. No matter how good your kid is, you have to be ever vigilent.

    • Jnce

      You missed the point. You say, once he was addicted. The whole point is to give kids a strong foundation so that they do not start taking drugs in the beginning. Getting defensive only proves the point.

  • http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/05/16/heroin-killing-a-new-generation/ Heroin: Killing a New Generation « CBS St. Louis

    […] Part 4 – Two families share the heartbreak of losing a child. […]

  • simple10

    Do you know these families? Do you have any idea the foundation that they laid? Unless you do, you are unqualified to judge them. Listen to the report again. One boy was a Boy Scout. For the other, they spoke of his belief in God. What kind of foundatin do you expect?

    I know one of the families. They have strong faith that they shared with their children. Open your eyes and ears. Recognize that even Jesus was tempted. Some, despite their foundations, succomb. Peter denied Christ three times. I guess you would claim that Jesus did a poor job of setting his foundation.

    I wish my life was as simple as you portray it…

  • Jance

    Again, I’m not the one paying attention, and by the way am not the one with kids on drugs. If you think going to church is amply protection, again you are confusing apples and oranges. It is not about your faith, but the practice of parenting. Do you get a car for a kid so you don’t have to drive them? wrong answer. You need to be more vigilant as they grow. You need to drive them, drive their friends, KNOW their friends, KNOW their friends parents. You need to know where they are going, and know everyone that will be there. You need to know that an adult will be at any gathering, and know that adult and their values. Know that they are not adults that will allow inappropriate substances at a party. I’m too busy, and just assuming everything will be fine is the wrong answer. It is the lazy answer. It is about making your kids your top priority, not after a job, or getting a bigger house, or newer car.

    • Dawn

      Did you even read the story? Andrew was in college when this happened and did not live at home. His addiction to opiates started when he was prescribed oxycontin by a doctor. He had dropped out of school and was living at home with his family and supposed to be in treatment when he passed away and his parents had already taken his cell phone, access to money etc (despite the fact he was a grown man). Since you seem to think you are some kind of expert, what would YOU do in that situation? I agree with you about your children being your number one priority, but what if, after everything, your grown child goes out into the world and something bad hapens anyway. Apparently nothing, because in your world this only happens to bad parents and you seem to hold your parenting skills in high regard so it couldn’t possibly be happening to your kid. Well guess what, kids grow up and you don’t always have control over them. And they move out, and you have no idea what they are doing anymore. This story is a real eye opener about a danger that most parents never think will happen to their family. I appreciate these familes for sharing their stories.

  • http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/07/22/father-fights-heroin-with-personal-story/ Father Fights Heroin with Personal Story « CBS St. Louis

    […] the amount of heroin deaths this year, Tom Heard is lashing out against the deadly drug. Heard lost his son Michael to a heroin overdose, gathering the courage to tell KMOX the story last spring. “He died […]

  • Britt

    Jance, how dare you! Pam and Terry Jones and nothing but wonderful parents. Anyone who knows them would agree. This is not a family that came from hard times, they were very involved with Andrew and even Andrew was the last person you would have expected. It sickens me that someone so uneducated on the Jones life would even have the guts to say something like this about them. They are wonderful people, who had a wonderful son that happened to go down the wrong path in college. Bite your tounge next time before you judge people that so many other people love and defend

  • Jnce

    Britt, you can get angry all you want, but that doesn’t help Andrew. Kids don’t just ‘happen to go down the wrong path’, there is a relationship to early foundations. Your vitriol just hides taking responsibility. More active, involved parented kids with a strong foundation of what the path should be, don’t just happen to try heroin. They would know the dangers of that path and not start down the road.

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