Addict thankful for support
urges public to petition for more resources to the editor: this is just to inform and, hopefully, educate people on a rarely mentioned drug that is every bit as dangerous, easily found and as harmful to users as opioids and cocaine.
While these substances, and marijuana, have featured heavily in the news lately, I have not seen anything mentioned about methamphetamine. this is a pity as I have seen firsthand the harm done to many friends and their families
most often known as speed, it is called crystal, ice, jib, tina and meth on the street.
crystal meth ( jib) is a drug made by dealers. It looks like quartz which is where the name crystal comes from. It can look like shards of glass if made well, but often it’s made with impure ingredients, and looks more like a powder than crystals. much of the stuff I’ve personally seen here is of the latter type, with the potential for long-lasting or permanent damage.
the most insidious harm is done to the brain. People don’t sleep or eat much on a meth binge, which can last for days. Paranoia, schizophrenic behaviours, and eventually a state of full-blown psychosis is the result.
In this state, a person is prone to delusions, seeing or hearing things that aren’t there, and can become aggressive, even violent to threats that don’t really exist.
there are many documented cases of emergency rooms in chaos, as staff have to try to control an out-of-control addict. I myself have overdosed, and was in a psychotic state hearing voices, and imagining that people were out to get me. I’m fortunate that no one else was hurt and I was able to recover with the help of our dedicated North bay regional health centre nurses and doctors
I believe people do not know enough and lack of information worsens the problem.
as an addict, I have been a part of the problem. Fortunately, this community has much in the way of support for people affected by addiction, from Narcotics anonymous, to the North bay recovery home, which has helped thousands of people to get the help they needed to live a life free of the pain and loss substance abuse results in and build healthy families and, as a result, better communities.
Information, support and help are available. Just ask your doctor or social worker. health unit staff can also help. I wish we had more support from the government, especially in light of the closing of the King Street detox centre and loss of 24-hour safe needle exchange. anyone who would petition our new council, their local MPP and mp to restore these essential services at the very least will be directly supporting positive change and protection of the people and city we love.
Madjy Wilkinson North Bay
to the editor:
I was just looking at the bill of sale for our Inglis clothes dryer, which was purchased dec 3, 1980, and which, by the way, is still running. I have replaced one drive belt and a door closure switch over the 40 years we have owned it.
What is my point you might ask?
my point is that we made wonderfully reliable appliances here in canada at one time. that is pretty well all gone now because labour costs in china, Korea and Indonesia are less than they are in canada. but the catch is that their products do not last as long.
my brother’s almost new dryer, which was made in Korea, caught fire all on its own one day because something in the solid-state controls shorted out and caused an electrical fire. It wasn’t even running at the time.
my son’s new washing machine, also made in the orient, could not be serviced due to software problems which the factory-sent technician admitted he did not know how to fix. replacement machines were provided at no cost in both cases, but think of the danger and the inconvenience. and if those machines had been beyond warrantee then you know who would have paid the bill.
We have lost our manufacturing jobs to the orient and mexico, and what did we accomplish?
We buy appliances that are probably somewhat cheaper than canadian-made equivalents but they are not reliable in the long run. We have lost good-paying manufacturing jobs by the millions and put people out of work or into low-paying jobs which require two paycheques or more to support a decent standard of living.
We have increased return to the shareholders of those previously canadian-located companies. the rich got richer and the working man and woman got marginalized.
We got glitzy-looking appliances which do not last and have to be replaced earlier than before. When those products require replacement earlier than they used to, there is a premature environmental cost associated with the production of those products. It will be in the mining of raw materials, the energy expended and the air pollution involved in production and transportation.
It is time that we, as a nation, start to rethink the direction we are going. What we have done in our pursuit of globalization has led to an increasingly stratified society in which the rich have taken way more than their share of the pie and a large number of canadians have been struggling to make ends meet. We have growing numbers of unemployed or marginally employed people.
People need decent jobs to have self respect and to raise their families. and people with no jobs at all present us with the most dangerous problem. the devil makes work for idle hands.