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Ailing former addict finds reason to live


October 12, 2009
He has been given a little less than two years to live, but he is far from ready to give up on life.

Years ago, John, who lives in Charlton and preferred not to give his last name, was struggling with an addiction to heroin and had essentially thrown in the towel.

Now, he is fighting to stay drug-free as doctors have told him his liver cirrhosis could kill him if he doesn't receive a liver transplant.

"When I was using, I didn't care if I died tomorrow," the 42-year-old, 1987 graduate of Shepherd Hill Regional High School said during an interview in Southbridge last week. "I was a hardcore addict, where I had to get high every day."

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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