It would be so easy to sneak back to Salyersville to meet a drug contact. So easy to deaden what he felt with whatever he could get, opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine. Fifty-six miles and five turns was all that separated him from his old life there. He could do it in less than two hours — drive, turn, acquire, use.
"56 Miles From Temptation" is from the December 21, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Terrence McCoy and narrated by Sam Scholl.