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Services Scheduled For Croton Man, 22, Who Died Of Heroin Overdose

Reid Kasunic, a 22-year-old Croton High School graduate, died of a heroin overdose Thursday in White Plains.
Reid Kasunic, a 22-year-old Croton High School graduate, died of a heroin overdose Thursday in White Plains. Photo Credit: Edward F. Carter Funeral Home

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Memorial services have been scheduled for a 22-year-old Croton High School graduate who was found dead of a heroin overdose Thursday in White Plains.

According to LoHud , Reid Kasunic was found dead Thursday, Jan. 15 in his car in the parking lot of a Sunoco station on North Broadway in White Plains.

Kasunic was about to attend Stony Brook University to complete a bachelor's degree in computer programming according to his obituary . Kasunic previously had attended Westchester Community College.

Kasunic was described as a supportive friend and devoted family member who struggled with addiction and recovery for the last two years.

His family said his immune system was weakened from a recent illness and his body could not handle the stress of a relapse.

Kasunic's death comes after Westchester County Police arrested 23 people for selling heroin following a year-long investigation.

Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 .m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23 at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home at 41 Grand St. in Croton-on-Hudson. The memorial service will be held there 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kasunic's name can be made to: St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester, Addiction Recovery Services.

Steve Salomone, a Carmel resident, runs Drug Crisis In Our Backyard with his wife, Susan. The Salomones founded the organization after their son, Justin, died of a heroin overdose in May 2012.

"We continue to advocate for addiction issues within families," Salomone said. "We do what we can to support families and are continuing with our awareness campaign."

Salomone thinks heroin use is increasing as it becomes harder to access prescription drugs. He said Kasunic's death shows the heroin problem is not going away.

"It's not going away just because we're talking about," Salomone said. "We need more legislation and education. We need the schools to step up and put this issue in the curriculum."

Last week, authorities arrested and charged 23 suspects after a year-long investigation into heroin trafficking in Northern Westchester.

The arrests pleased Salomone, who hopes it makes people think twice about dealing heroin.

"We need to spend as much time on prevention as we do enforcement," Salomone said.

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