As a cold September rain poured down in Kenora, a van stopped to pick up a young man who residents in this northwestern Ontario town typically shun.
“People cross the street when they see me,” Jory Smith said. “It feels horrible.”
Other treatments that have shown some effectiveness in treating meth addiction, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, are “unavailable through most parts of the country,” said Dr. Keith Ahamad, an addictions specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and a clinician-scientist at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use. Ahamad said the rise of meth use on the back of the opioid emergency signals that what Canada is really facing is not a meth or opioid crisis, but an addiction crisis.
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