Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Our whole community is talking about it, and that really does make a difference.”

Matt Dowling shared his experience with heroin addiction, describing it as several years of a vicious cycle that saw him getting clean, relapsing, then finding himself in trouble again with the police and his parents. 
“Five years clean, I live a normal life now,” Dowling, 27 and a 2006 Franklin High School graduate, said Tuesday night at the first meeting of a local coalition on the drug epidemic plaguing the state. “Drugs don’t own me anymore. If anyone is suffering or knows someone suffering, you can talk to me: I’d love to help in any way I can.” 
His willingness to help – offering his cell phone number to anyone who asked – captured the essence of the meeting in the Franklin High School auditorium, where a 12-person panel gathered to discuss the drug crisis in Massachusetts.
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