Media Director Adrienne Fox was invited to Kitchenuhmaykoosib to visit the community’s addiction healing centre. In part one of this three-part series, meet five women struggling to end their addiction to oxycodone.
Great job. Important series. Really good storytelling. Not over the top or sensational but human with some disturbing pictures of reality. Brave women to come forward like they have. They deserve our thanks.
I agree with Wawatay by putting this story out there. It is something we all can relate to, being we all know of someone who this "oxy" addiction affects. Drugs do not discriminate and the sad fact is that the ones who pay for it the most is the children that have no-control over the detrimental effects it has on one's family. Congratulations to all you beautiful women that are seeking a new, exciting life without prescription meds!! God Bless.
my heart and hat goes off to the participants. thank you for sharing your stories. it would be interesting to follow up with the ladies in 6-12 months in their journey for sobriety. it would also be interesting to follow some males.
Let's not lose sight of what this story is about... honestly? prices of pills, how these women look... Wawatay hardly needs to apologize for anything. My hats off to these beautiful young native women who chose to stand up and fight their addictions in the public eye no less. I would be very surprised to find one reader who doesn't know anyone who has not been deeply affected by this drug. Awards are great but the cold hard fact is your words have obviously touched something and hopefully these courageous women in time overcome their demons that sent them looking for comfort in a pill. Your words were true you didn't show any prejudice writing this article and much like the drug that has already destroyed so many lives, it too shows no prejudice.
i think more stories like this will be very helpful, but what about men? men struggle with oxy's too, maybe there could be another one with just guys or something, but good story non the less, very inspirational and hopeful
I have a son who has been addicted to that and it has been a long walk. I attend a church in Sault Ste. Marie and we are praying for you and your community. God is hearing the prayers of your people and the prayers for healing and help is on the way. I know it.
Dont give up keep going on the right path pray and ask god for his help nothing is impossible for God...
Ya you guys really should not be putting prices!!Gives other people ideas.
Sometimes pretending we don't need to know all the information just gives us comfort to look the other way when it is so close to home. This is really happening and it is killing our babies.
Congratulations to all of you ladies in your courageous decision to face the world head on and conquer your own personal demons. Your children will appreciate it, your family will welcome it and your community is working hard to help you to achieve it. All the best to you and everyone in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug who is grabbing this tiger by the tail.
Diane Maracle - Nadjiwon, IFN Coordinator
Sorry, if you think we glamorized these young ladies that's just the way they look. By the time Wawatay News came to do the story on them the young ladies were already half thru the program. They did look tired and physically sick when the program started.
When Mamow asked Wawatay to come do a story on the program it was because the story about the prescription drug abuse was always negative. We thought a story like this could inspire other First Nations to tackle the issue in their community. Prescription drug abuse is here and wehave a choice ignore or tackle it head on. We choose to do the latter because it is epedemic destroying our young people and it does not make any distinction between young, old, rich or poor. What I have learned personally and from this program is the addiction is strong and not easy even for those individuals that went thru the program.
I enjoyed reading the article by the ladies, you are all brave to come out and talk about your personal lives and using oxy's...I ask you ladies not to give up with the guidance of the creator you will all make it..yes there is an obstacle, it is a steep hill and you will slide back down and but you all have to climb back again and once you all go over the steep hill it will get easlier..like l said l am proud of you ladies to come and talk openly about your addictions..may the spirit of the creator guide you all the way..
When I opened up the section of the first series, I was awed by the beauty of the photos of the girls participating in the treatment program. I was then further compelled by their stories. Just the right amount of depth for readers to grasp that these ladies are real and their stories many of us could probably relate to on some level.
However, upon discussing the series with people, someone made the comment to me that this can be perceived as misleading our youth. There's a message here that is presented by the photos: these ladies look great, is this what prescription drug abuse does? Make us look beautiful and glamorous? No. Prescription drugs takes its toll on physical appearances, attacking hair, skin, teeth and body weight. It does not make anyone look great. What about when one is going through withdrawals? They definitely do not look as good as these ladies portrayed in the series.
Yes, it is admirable and courageous of these women to take the steps necessary to get clean and even have their stories publicized. But if we are going to publicize the tragic effects of prescription drug abuse in our communities in order to prevent our vulnerable youth from following the path of destruction it leads, then let's not be afraid to show what the drugs really do to our people.
Joey Mckay, Health Director Kitchewnuhmaykoosib Minoyawin Services
Although i liked the article and these girls are very brave for exposing themselves like that especially when there so vulnerable but i feel you guys shouldnt put the prices of the pills in the paper anybody can read it and say ``oh wow look how much they go for there i should sell over there``. on another note im kinda sick about reading about pill abuse in every paper that u guy print in wawatay i think your better then that...
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