The Faces of Addiction: Arthur "AJ" Johnson

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    "I literally lost everything," said Arthur "AJ" Johnson.

    Before AJ became addicted to heroin, he had a lot going for him.

    He took great pride in his word as a diesel mechanic; a good job, with good pay.

    After a back injury, he was prescribed painkillers, but the pills ran out and desperation set in.

    The pills he came by grew more and more expensive, and that's when he turned to heroin.

    Soon all of his money and possessions were gone. AJ turned to the streets.

    "I just drove down one road that somebody told me about, and some little kid rode up on a bicycle and said what are you looking for?"

    He says the harsh reality of full-blown drug abuse surrounded him.

    "I watched my girlfriend die, brought her back twice, watched my brother die, I brought him back once," he said.

    "It's not a joke, takes your life."

    You can hear more of AJ's story Wednesday at 8: 00 p.m. on 13WHAM in our special Town Hall report - The Opioid Epidemic: A Jailhouse Conversation.

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