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.”
In this Fusion Investigates special four-part series, “The Drug Warriors,” we travel to Rutland, Vermont to see people people battling on different fronts of the drug war: a family fighting drug addiction in their home and law enforcement battling on the ground.
In the first installment, we met the Bemis family, in which five out of six siblings are battling addiction. In the above episode — part two — one member of the family confronts their heroin use.
Here’s episode one in case you missed it:
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