JOHN CAREY

DART­MOUTH, N.S.

The Southern Gazette - - Column -

“I've been ad­dicted to opi­ates since the young age of 12. No one told me what they were, and how ad­dic­tive they could be.

The sys­tem that we have for opi­ates is mod­er­ate at best. They fi­nally im­ple­mented doc­tors be­ing able to pre­scribe methadone more freely, but also with more re­stric­tions. The wait-time has been cut down to get help, but there’s no long-term re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

You do your 30 days in re­hab, then you get on methadone and then they just ex­pect you to stay on methadone for the rest of your life.

I don't want to stay on methadone for the rest of my life. I want to be a nor­mal per­son like you.

Nova Sco­tia should have long-term re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties, a place where you can go detox and stay and learn how to reim­ple­ment your­self into so­ci­ety over again… I'm talk­ing a year, year-and-a-half, two years — as long as it takes.”

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