His name is Justin. He’s a heroin addict. He’s been sober for 42 days. And he's 16.
“They say I’m doing pretty good,” he said.
It’s nearing the end of his first stay in one of Laredo’s few drug treatment facilities. With earnest brown eyes outlined in dark, long lashes and rosary beads dangling from his neck, Justin vows he’s done with drugs and won’t be back. But, the odds are against him. Drugs are abundant in border communities. Poverty is rampant. Substance abuse treatment is scarce.
For starters, getting treatment is ...