Angela Bischoff introduces the Elsipogtog Health and Wellnesss Centre and then we hear from Ron Brun, Director of the Centre, introduce the presentation. You, the listener, miss the presentation itself, but like a fly on the wall, you'll hear the stories of locals dealing with the various issues, and their solutions to the problems we all face.
(NOTE: the radio station in Halifax where this podcast was cut is CKDU and not CKUD as I spell it out in the extro.)
The first stop on our 23-community Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour was the First Nation Community of Elsipogtog in northern New Brunswick. We received incredible hospitality which included a feast, a sweat lodge, and an invitation to speak to the community at their Health Lodge. We also met privately in several homes on and off the reserve. What we learned is that this community has been massively impacted by drug addiction to both pharmaceutical and street drugs. Every family has a nightmarish story including adverse reactions, addiction, withdrawal, self harm, and turmoil. The community is being torn apart by this drug abuse that involves physicians and street dealers alike.
Listen to our 15 minute condensed version of the public discussion that followed our presentation. It will give you the sense of how the community is struggling to deal with an issue that seems out of their control.
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