BOSTON (CBS) – The profile of drug addicts in Massachusetts has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. The most notable is that users are young; on average between 15 and 25.
“I was eleven years old when I started drinking alcohol, thirteen started that pot, fifteen… pills, twenty-one started turning into heroin and crack cocaine,” Tommy Lee Goddard said. “I always denied it so I would never touch and eventually it got me.”
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Tommy Lee Goddard, serving jail time for breaking and entering, was happy to be out in the rain doing path clearing work as part of Worcester County Jail’s community service program. Not only had he thought he was immune to addiction—when on heroin, he would have sworn he was in full control.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mary Blake reports