Wichita, Kansas 2022-05-16 19:48:47 –
Hutchinson, Kansas (KSNW) – The increasing trend of overdose from the deadly drug fentanyl has surprised many people across the country.
For Wititanium Justin McPhillips, he began his journey with drugs when he was a young teenager.
“It was like a sophomore in middle school or the beginning of high school,” McPhillips said. “It wasn’t a serious addiction, but I was definitely out there.”
Getting out of hand eventually turned into fentanyl addiction.
“I knew what it was, it was much cheaper and much more available than all other painkillers. You can get more with less.” He said.
After years of addiction and a push to cleanup from loved ones, McPhillips decided to do it himself.
“As I said, I wanted more from my life. I was just sick and tired,” he said. “I didn’t want to be stats.”
McPhillips is now 23 years old and has been sober for two years.
“I’ve gained 100 pounds since then, but I feel like I’ve lost 100 pounds,” he said.
He has been removed from his addiction, but McPhillips still sees fentanyl dominating the community.
“I remember I was a high school student and didn’t hear anything. As soon as I graduated, I didn’t seem to hear enough about it,” he said. “It was very frequent, very fast, very saturated, and I only heard about someone overdose or died once a week, once a month.”
McPhillips’ new passion is to help others in the fight against addiction.
“It doesn’t matter if they’re teenagers or 50 years old, because addiction doesn’t occur at any particular size or age,” he said.
McPhillips is already making a difference. He teaches a substance abuse program at the Hatchinson Correctional Facility.
“Doing a lot of things you didn’t think you could do because you can see people change their lives and nothing matters when you are in that way of thinking. I think there is no reason. It’s amazing that there is finally a reason, “he said.
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