Faux tombstones line a lawn in Medinah, Ill. It's a campaign to heighten awareness about an epidemic of heroin and pain pill overdoses — a prelude to International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31. Cheryl Corley/NPR

In the suburbs of Chicago, a stark reminder of the toll of heroin and prescription-pill addiction is making the rounds as a lawn exhibit.

Lou Miceli

HEART OF CHICAGO — Lou Miceli watched his son transform from an outgoing high school football player into a desperate heroin addict who stole from his parents’ home.