“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.”