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    Jeff Stevens, a resident of the town of Whiting in Washington County and the father of Sam Stevens, decided to be open about what others try to keep quiet – that a loved one died of a heroin overdose. He said his son was "just the funniest, sweetest boy, and such a good athlete, but heroin killed him, and I'm not going to try to hide it."

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    Sam and both of his brothers went into lobstering. All three have been addicted to heroin.

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    Sam is buried on the shore of Gardner Lake in Whiting at his father's home. The lake was a favorite sport fishing spot for Sam, a lobster boat sternman with many friends whose death from addiction shook the community.

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    Kristin Seeley holds her son Lucca. His father Sam had returned home from a residential treatment program in Florida to attend the birth of his son, but he died of a heroin overdose two weeks before Lucca was born.

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    Paul Trovarello, the director of the faith-based addiction recovery program, was asked to perform Sam's funeral service.

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