By Ronald J. Hansen | The Republic
Chris Taylor, a Safford city councilman who is running for Congress, overdosed on heroin last week and since has suspended his campaign.
The Wednesday incident was a relapse for Taylor, a combat veteran who has battled opioid addiction since high school.
In a written statement, Taylor said he was seeking treatment and not backing away from what happened.
“Today, I have suspended my campaign for the US House of Representatives and am seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder. I will fully cooperate with local authorities on any matters arising from my recent relapse and overdose,” Taylor said in a statement to The Arizona Republic on Monday.
“I’m not going to hide from this. I’m not ashamed of what happened. I wish to sincerely apologize to the amazing people who have supported me. I don’t know what went wrong. I recently relapsed after having so many solid years in sobriety. I have to figure out where I went wrong.”