ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local family has taken the story of their son’s heroin overdose nationwide, a story they say St. Louis schools are sometimes hesitant to hear.
Andrew Jones was an honor roll student and college football player prescribed painkillers for a medical issue. It quickly turned into an addiction that left him hooked on heroin.
His story is in this month’s Teen Vogue.
His parents, Pam and Terry say the magazine’s readers are the exact group that needs to be warned. The Jones’ are often asked to speak at public forums for adults but have had a hard time convincing some schools that kids need to hear their message.
“Students are the ones that need to be educated and yes, scared to death of touching this drug and others, you know?” Pam Jones says.
Terry adds, “we haven’t even touched the whole community yet because of the fact that sometimes you aren’t allowed to talk to kids in middle school that need it the most. That’s where a lot of the addiction starts.”
More than 1,600 people in the St. Louis area have died of heroin overdose in the last six and a half years.
While overdose deaths dropped in St. Louis City and County last year, experts told KMOX this summer they were seeing rising numbers in surrounding counties.