"B.C. also set a record for the highest number of overdose deaths in the first half of the year, with 1,095 deaths from January to July."
I pass, on average, at least one to two comatose people in lower Sahali, Kamloops, British Columbia every morning. One deceased 24 hours after he assaulted my neighbor and landed in Columbia Square parking lot.
According to health care professionals, the majority of local addicts became so after becoming hooked from a medical procedure.
As someone who became addicted prior to an operation which relieved my pain and quit cold turkey out of necessity, I can attest to the physical requirements for the drug.
Withdrawal was terrifying, uncontrollable shaking, hallucinations, sweating and nightmares.
Thankfully our medical community has changed their prescription policy reducing the number of patients prescribed opioids.
Addicts accepted into rehab programs, according to a patient, are isolated for up to 72 hours in a room receiving medications to assist in the early withdrawals, then must commit to months and sometimes years of urine samples, meetings and sponsorship.
According to patients who made it through the first 72 hours, the rest is far from simple but easier when you disassociate yourself with unsupportive people.