There really are no words to convey the horrific spiral of drug addiction more than this tale of caution. Here's an account of how that spiral affected a Detective from the Fairfield Police Department.

Story after story about the opioid and heroin crisis running rampant all around the country. The truth of the matter is that addiction knows no boundaries, and ultimately anyone can be touched and affected by this disease. To that end, I urge you to read an Op-Ed piece in Time magazine titled "Flea: The Temptation of Drugs Is a Bitch." One of the most telling things Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, said in the piece published Feb. of 2018 was:

Perfectly sane people become addicted to these medications and end up dead. Lawyers, plumbers, philosophers, celebrities — addiction doesn’t care who you are.

And there it is. Addiction can strike anywhere, as evidenced by this story from about Stephen Rilling, once a detective with the Fairfield Police Department, and the son of the mayor of Norwalk, accused of stealing thousands of dollars in heroin and OxyContin pills for his own use, from the Fairfield Police Department where he worked as a detective.

Rilling agreed to plead guilty to several misdemeanor charges and was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to a suspended 5-year sentence with three years’ probation. A reputation ruined and career gone as the 19-year veteran of the department resigned and pleaded guilty.

There are obviously intricacies to this story that remain between Rilling, his lawyer and the court. But at the end of the day, the disease known as drug addiction, knows no bounds.

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