In this “Fusion Investigates” series, “The Drug Warriors,” we travel to Rutland, Vermont to see people battling the drug war on different fronts: a family fighting drug addiction in their home and law enforcement battling on the ground.
In this episode, Justin Bemis and his family deal with the effects of his heroin withdrawal while he is stuck on a waiting list for treatment. As Justin listens to threatening voicemails he left for his parents asking for money – which they feared he would use to buy drugs — Justin is forced to confront the toll his addiction has on him and his family. He shows signs of improvement, but is struggling to get access to the medication he needs to help him cope with his symptoms.
Below are the previous installments:
Editor’s note: Since this story was filmed Justin Bemis has entered a drug treatment program and is doing better. Justin’s parents, Art and Linda Bemis, say they have never been concerned for their safety. His father also said the following:
“Throughout Justin’s addiction, although severe and hidden from his family he always took care of his responsibilities as a father.”