HUNTINGTON — For someone deep in the throes of an addiction to heroin or opioids, it’s not that uncommon to end up in the news. What is uncommon is fighting that battle while already being a public figure, which means headlines a regular person might not get.
Bernard Slater Jr., resigned from Charleston City Council in April after a string of bad headlines that followed the length of his career as a public servant.
“You go from being elected to city council to digging in people’s dumpsters,” Slater said. “That was my rock bottom right there. I had hit bottom long ago, but I didn’t know rock bottom had a basement. After that, I didn’t think nothing of it at the time until I sobered up and saw the headlines.”
Slater’s first memories of drugs and alcohol are of getting beer for his uncles out of the refrigerator as they played poker. They would let him take the first drink. Then, at age 5, while at the beach, his uncles – teenagers at