A Sherbrooke doctor gets community service for heroin use
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.