Drug addiction spirals out of control as pandemic ravages already-fragile communities
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Christina Pericone said she did everything she could to keep her brother, Travis McClish into things like fishing, music and work. Instead, he fell in and out of a cycle of drug addiction.
For five years, she struggled to encourage him to do anything but dope.
"Keeping them busy is half the battle," she said. "To have them sit out there with their own thoughts and their own beings, it makes it a lot more dangerous."
Last June, he was about to turn 29 when she got the phone call dreaded by anyone trying to help someone suffering from addiction.
"Whether he knew it was fentanyl, [he] came back to the house, shot it up in the bathroom, and that's where they found him," Pericone recalled.