Ad­dict thank­ful for sup­port

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION - Jim Dick­son Cor­beil

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.

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