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The drugs made him feel like a man.
Mike Devlin was in his senior year of college in Vermont, and what began as a dependence on painkillers an introduction made via sports injuries had spiraled deeper: Cocaine. Heroin. Other opiates.
“I stopped playing lacrosse, and I started to lose my identity and sense of purpose,” says Devlin, 24, who now lives in Dallas, Texas. “What made me feel like a man, and what made me feel needed, was this new identity: I'm a college student, I'm taking three classes, I'm working two jobs and on the side I'm selling drugs. I was pretty much living three different lives, between what my parents were thinking, what I was thinking with school and work, and then this life of drugs and crime.”
If Devlin's story rings familiar, it is: The government estimates that nearly 9 percent of the U.S. population has used an …
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