“It is Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninwug who has to take the initiative in dealing with the drug problem.
We can wait and talk all we want about the problem, which will not just go away just because we
talk about it. Now is the time to move on the problem for the sake of our future and survival of our
- Excerpt from the Mamow Against Drugs Healing Program Manual
Like many communities in the remote regions of northern Ontario, Kitchenuhmaykoosib is faced
with rampant prescription drug abuse, especially OxyContin.
OxyContin is a time-released pain medication. Its effects can last hours, up to 12, and it contains
oxycodone – an opioid drug, like morphine or heroin.
Kitchenuhmaykoosib has taken matters into its own hands to address prescription drug abuse. The
community has started the Mamow Against Drugs Healing Program to help the hundreds of
Kitchenuhmaykoosib members addicted to prescription drugs.
Media Director Adrienne Fox was invited to the community to visit the treatment program. She met
five young women who are struggling to end their dependence on oxycodone.
These are their stories.
Editor’s Note: Continue to check back for more on this series.
Images: Adrienne Fox and Brent Wesley
Stories and interviews: Adrienne Fox
Audio: Michael Dubé
Video: Brent Wesley