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Treatment for addiction cost me a chance at rebuilding my life, man says

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( - A man originally from the St. Louis area says his treatment for drug abuse is hurting his efforts at building a new life.

The man, who only wanted to be identified as Benjamin, said he dealt with a heroin addiction. He grew up in St. Louis County and graduated from Pattonville High School before moving to out-state Missouri. He said his heroin addiction drove him to steal.

“I stole my mother’s wedding rings, I stole firearms, I stole money from my family, anything to get by,” he said.

He was eventually arrested and bonded out of the St. Louis County Jail before deciding to seek treatment.

“When I came out of jail and I saw what I did to my mother, it killed me,” said Benjamin.

Benjamin was prescribed methadone to control his heroin cravings. He recently went through a series of tests for a factory job he applied for. He said he scored very high, but the company said it wasn’t interested after telling him to come in for orientation.

“The company saw I was taking methadone, and I believe they saw the word methadone and they freaked out because they’re not educated on what methadone can do for people,” said Benjamin.

The company said the methadone could make him sleepy during a 12-hour shift.

Benjamin believes because he is part of a certified treatment program, he should be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He said he has spoken to several attorneys, but none are eager to take on his case.

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