A Sherbrooke doc­tor gets com­mu­nity ser­vice for heroin use

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sherbrooke Courthouse

Even if Dr. Jean Sébastien Gen­dron has ad­mit­ted be­ing a drug ad­dict since 2002, it was only in 2009, af­ter the RCMP was in­formed about his habits, that he re­al­ized that he had a prob­lem. On Fe­bru­ary 18th, 2010, the 38 year-old health pro­fes­sional was charged for hav­ing il­le­gally ob­tained a drug named oxy­codone and for traf­fick­ing of heroin. Oxy­codone is an opi­ate such as mor­phine which is pre­scribed to re­lieve se­vere pain. For his own use and for that of his for­mer girl­friend, Gen­dron would fill false pre­scrip­tions that were handed to some peo­ple he knew. Since lo­cal drug­stores do not usu­ally carry heroin, the heroin was pur­chased in Mon­treal. Since his ar­rest, the doc­tor has over­come his drug ad­dic­tion. Last Septem­ber, he pleaded guilty to the two counts. On his own, he went through ther­apy which was suc­cess­ful. Psy­chol­o­gist Gilles Cham­ber­land, in his re­port, seems to be con­vinced that Gen­dron presents no risk of re­cur­rence. He started tak­ing oxy­codone be­cause he had health prob­lems. He thought that he was strong enough and in good enough con­trol of him­self to do with­out the drug af­ter his health had im­proved. Un­for­tu­nately, he was wrong and had be­come ad­dicted to the sub­stance.

His Mon­treal lawyer, Pierre Poupart, and the Crown At­tor­ney, Myr­iam Lachance, shared a mu­tual feel­ing about the ex­perts’ re­ports. They both came to the con­clu­sion that it would not do any good to send the young Ma­gog doc­tor to jail; his em­ploy­ers have a very high opin­ion of him. The two lawyers then agreed to one sug­ges­tion that was to be granted by Judge Hélène Fabi. Gen­dron is to spend 12 months in the com­mu­nity with all the con­di­tions that usu­ally ap­ply with this type of sen­tenc­ing. He was also given an 11 month de­lay to do­nate an amount of $5,000 to the Street Work­ers’ Coali­tion.

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