He sits there quietly in a cold sweat. His hands tremble as he fidgets. This 19-year-old bounces his legs as if trying to bounce the pain out of his body. Mark Travis, a husband and father of a 2-year-old, is in withdrawal. He became addicted to Oxycodone. On the street they’re known as Roxy’s or Blues.
We first met Mark through the proverbial good kid in school, Robert “RJ” Joker. RJ was Pinellas Park football team’s most valuable player in 2007. He earned a scholarship to Jacksonville University. It was a football career cut short by a knee injury.
RJ left school and came home to the Bay Area to make a startling discovery.
“I started to reconnect with old friends from high school and see what everyone was up to and essentially discovered everyone was on this new drug I’ve never head of”.
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