Capobianco was the department’s—and the city’s—worst-kept secret, and over the course of more than a decade, numerous officers informed SPD administrators about his addiction and dealing. Yet not a single person took action to address the issue.
"You go to these different places and you’re not Hollywood, you’re a local guy. It was really hard the first time, but Oxy Morons earned me credit in that world—a lot of people I became connected with really came to believe in what I am doing."
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I got people telling me, “Yes, I’m in recovery, but who the fuck are you to tell somebody how they should recover? Who the fuck are you to tell somebody that they aren’t in recovery because they are on medication?” And I’m like, “Because they’re fucking not! What the fuck are you talking about?”
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“People are dying across the state ... We need to be open to whatever might be helpful to protect people from the worst consequences of their addictions.”
All these years later, it’s absolutely unbelievable what has become of this mess.