CHICAGO -- Felicia Miceli lost her son Louie three years ago after his addiction to pain medication turned into a heroin addiction. He was out of rehab and six months clean when he died.
"His system was clean, so you can’t use the same amount you did previously, and he overdosed and passed in our house.. in his room," Miceli said. "I think he just tried it one last time, and one last time was one last time."
Local officials say Chicago is the heroin capitol of the U.S., leading the nation in heroin use. Many gathered in Federal Plaza Monday to mark International Overdose Awareness Day by remembering lives lost and preventing future deaths.
WGN's Amy Rutledge has more.