aclyn Lucibello, a former opioid addict, jumped right into the deep end of the darkness.
“Here I am, a convicted felon, and the choices of my past continue to live with me,” Lucibello told those attending a recent forum, “Building Bridges and Finding Answers: The Opioid Crisis in Connecticut.”
Lucibello was in graduate school and working as a social worker with a bright future. The picture changed after filling several prescriptions for Percocet to relieve post-surgical pain and she was hooked. But when the scripts stopped, the arrests began on charges of larceny and other crimes to pay for her drug habit.
“Eventually, I could no longer get the prescription drugs, so what did I do? I turned to heroin. Nobody in their right mind is going to stay dope sick for more than a day or two,” said Lucibello, who spent three years in state prison and gave birth to a son while shackled to a hospital bed.