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132 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 louisvillepublicmedia.org the craving Continued from page 54 Tey feel lucky. Both have tested negative for HIV. Many of the people they shared needles with have not, including the last person they injected with. When this story went to press, 491 individuals were identifed as possibly infected, 257 tested negative, 174 were positive; dozens of others either couldn't be located or refused testing. Back from the pantry, David turns on a Kevin Costner movie. A close friend, Josh, whom David calls his "brother," seems disoriented. He places food in the sink. Josh's skin appears sweaty, eyes glazed. David knows what's up. He says Josh just shot up some Opana. Te couple lets friends crash at their house and use drugs in a garage out back. Better than out on the street, they believe. Perhaps it's a way to hold on to old ties. Friends don't like it when friends or relatives get clean. "Tey're afraid you're gonna start talking to cops," Whitney explains. Te only rule is no drugs in the house. "If it's in front of me, I'm going to do it," David says. A red suitcase lies on the foor. Josh has a ride to an Indianapolis rehab in four hours. About a month ago, he woke Whitney and David, pounding fsts on their front door and windows. Tey rushed to the door and found Josh foaming at the mouth. David stuck him in a cold bathtub and held him for two hours. Tey didn't call an ambulance out of fear cops might come too. Someone knocks on the door. Josh leaves, says he's going to the Outreach Center for his HIV antiretroviral meds. On the couch, Whitney burns through cigarettes, one after the other. Tey worry. Will Josh return or abandon rehab? I ask them whether it's hard for the newly sober to return to Austin. "You're gonna have to move the hell out of Austin," David states. "No, I don't think so," Whitney says. "David, you're gonna tell me this town is gonna stay the same?" David, who'd briefy left the room, returns agitated. "Yeah, it ain't gonna change. Austin has always been this," he says. "Austin has always been the number one drug capital of the Midwest. Like Gary's the murder capital." "You'll never leave Austin and I won't either. I was born here. My family's here. And if no one stays to try and help . . . what the hell is gonna happen?" Whitney says, taking a drag from her cigarette. But maybe David has a point. "Everyone in this town is gonna use something," she says. "If it's not Opana, it's gonna be heroin or methamphetamine or coke." I n the two months I spend in Austin, victories spring up. Twenty-fve men enter the Salvation Army's rehab programs in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, thanks to the eforts of local churches. By late June, 12 individuals have completed Turning Point's treatment program. Te AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a California-based nonproft, partners with Dr. Cooke's ofce to increase HIV services and pays for a mobile testing van. Morgan Foods funds the salary for a drug detective in the sherif's department. Infectious- disease specialists from Indiana University will treat the 10 percent of jail inmates who are HIV

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