Where Addiction Holds a Grip, Yet Treatment Is Lagging - 2016-10-08
A Pennsylvania native, he had been arrested on a drug charge there and then was charged with manslaughter for the overdose deaths of two people to whom he sold heroin in 2005. First he was sent to Narconon, a rehabilitation facility in Canadian, north of McAlester. Then he returned to Pennsylvania and served 2½ years in prison related to the heroin deaths.
He returned to McAlester in 2010 and began working as a Narconon spokesperson. He even started a program called "Take McAlester Back," with the goal of promoting the arts while discouraging drug use.
But in 2011, he began using again.