Yellowknife woman petitions for better Northern addictions recovery support – CBC

Jennifer Lafferty calls for an in-patient alcohol and drug treatment centre based in the N.W.T.

Jan 03, 2018

A woman in Yellowknife says she didn’t receive adequate care when she sought treatment for her fentanyl addiction; now she’s calling on the territorial government to create an in-patient alcohol and drug treatment centre for people in similar situations.

Jennifer Lafferty says she approached her doctor on Nov. 16, 2016, seeking help while she was going through what she later realized were the symptoms of withdrawal.

“I confided in him the struggles, what I was dealing with, and basically he concluded that everything I was going through was in my head,” Lafferty told CBC.

“[He told me] I needed to stop thinking about it and the problem will go away. It was extremely discouraging.”

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