March 2017: Joseph, a diabetic, says the scar on his forehead is the result of being assaulted and robbed for his hypodermic needles.
“They woke me up during the middle of the night. They wanted a needle, a syringe,” he said. “I told 'em I wasn't getting out of bed to get them a syringe so they could do their drugs. They decided to just break into the house, and they busted me in the head, in the forehead with a roofing hatchet -- a hammer on one end and an ax on the other. They got their syringe, and I was lucky they didn’t kill me.
“I'm a diabetic. That's where most of my extra money goes, because they don't give you any extra money for the stuff that's not covered by Medicare. I guess I'm only allowed four prescriptions, yet I have 11 or 12 scripts. Alcohol wipes, some of the other stuff isn't covered, either. So, I mean, whatever Medicaid doesn't pay, I have to either find a program that will help me pay for it, or I just don't get it, I guess. I try to be healthy, eat what I'm supposed to eat, but everything that's diabetic is twice as much as regular food.”