BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Tony Hoffman, a former professional BMX racer, made a stop in Biddeford Monday to discuss his risks, on and off the track, and a drug addiction that put him at his lowest low.
Hoffman spoke to Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach and Saco students about how his young life with great potential took a steep turn into the world of marijuana, prescription painkillers and heroin.
He came out from the darkness of addiction and re-enetered the world of racing, even competing at the Olympic level, but now spends his career educating kids on the dangers of drug use.
He inspired a small crowd on Monday night with stories on how a promising young student can still take a turn for drugs, and how this is happening in Maine's communities.
Many concerned parents asked Hoffman how we can help stop the opiod crisis in Maine, and his response was a focus on therapeutic treatment, more available treatment and teaching kids to avoid drugs.
"I've been sober for over nine years this year, and there hasn't been a day that's gone by that I haven't thought about using drugs," Hoffman told an engaged audience. "It's a strange reality of addiction. It is with me forever."
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