For Ex-Inmates, Support Program Gives Them a Second Chance to Avoid Addiction, Improve Health Care

The Washington Post

By Rob Waters

Justin Jones got hooked on painkillers after he flipped his truck as a teenager, put his head through the windshield and fractured his wrist and sternum. When doctors would no longer write prescriptions for him, he began buying — and selling — drugs on the streets of Durham and Hillsborough, N.C. His first arrests occurred before he turned 20. At first, he used prescription pills such as Oxycodone, but eventually he turned to heroin, consuming as much as $2,000 worth of the drug a day, and selling more to feed his addiction. He has lost count of how many times he has been incarcerated but guesses it’s more than 15.

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