Homeless, gaunt and consumed by drug addiction, Kirsten Jones lived her late teens and early 20s as a transient. Bouncing from motel to motel, she’d unload a backpack that carried her sparse belongings.

At her most vulnerable, drugs gave her what she most desired: complete and debilitating numbness.

Kirsten said that she began using drugs as an outlet to not feel things anymore.

After a January 2012 traffic stop in Oconee County, she was arrested and later indicted on several federal charges related to possessing drugs with the intent to distribute.

“Yeah, I got arrested,” Kirsten said, “but I also feel like the Georgia State Patrol and the Sheriff’s Office saved my life.” 

For more on this story, see the June 13 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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