Vice cop by day, meth addict by night



BY day rookie cop Allison Moore conducted investigations into big-time meth dealers and partnered up with the DEA, flying on helicopters looking for illegal drug activity. But nobody knew that she had a secret — she was a meth addict herself.

Hawaiian-based Moore’s amazing memoir, “Shards,” comes out this month.

She recalls: “My co-workers began to comment on my obvious weight loss.

“In the time I’d known them, I’d lost about 20 pounds from my 5-foot-9 frame, and, in spite of my efforts, I was getting the gaunt “meth face.” But nobody asked me if I was using.

“I wasn’t a picker and didn’t get sores or lose my teeth like some meth users.

“About a year into my addiction, a co-worker of mine was asking me about my appearance. ‘Do you have cancer or something?’ he asked, half-joking.

“But, on the spot, I realised he’d just given me the perfect excuse. ‘Yes,’ I said, looking him in the eye. ‘I have ovarian cancer. That’s why I look like this.’

“As soon as I said it, I knew my life was over. I’d stepped over a line and I knew I wouldn’t be able to go back. But now I was free to disappear — under the guise of getting treatment — to get high.”


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