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By Joe Klein

PEABODY—Joyce Bowen is the driving force behind Project Breakthrough, the full-scale drug rehabilitation center purposed for Peabody, and Project Breakthrough is the driving force behind Joyce Bowen.

Joyce sat in Henry’s Honey Bee Restaurant on Main Street, Peabody, the other day, nervously pushing a cigarette around an ashtray, and talked about Breakthrough and the local drug problem in general.

“I’m not going to tell you marijuana is any worse than booze because I don’t think it is,” she said firmly. “But that doesn’t mean we should legalize grass. I think we should go the other way! We should outlaw booze.”

There was no sense in arguing with her, no sense in telling her how prohibition failed the first time. Joyce had the fierce look of…

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