Homeless Heroin Addict Shares the Truth on Opioid Epidemic and Drug Addiction

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Homeless Heroin Addict Shares the Truth on Opioid Epidemic and Drug Addiction

This may be the most candid and honest interview about addictions so far. I have lots of respect for Cameron for having the courage to be so real about his drug abuse in this interview.

I met Cameron in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. He was homeless in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, and then moved to Fort McMurray, and of course, Cameron’s addictions moved with him.

Fort McMurray is experiencing explosive growth and the community seems to be doing its best to catch up to that growth. As in most communities, social services is last to receive needed attention. Cameron says he is going to move back to Vancouver where there is help for his addictions.

About 50 feet to the right of us is a dumpster that Cameron’s girlfriend fell asleep in while on drugs. The garbage truck came and took the contents to the dump. His girlfriend was never seen again and is presumed dead. This was a documented tragedy and not something Cameron made up. The couple, while living in a tent, was even featured in a National Geographic photo about the Canadian ‘boomtown’.

Cameron wants to stop using drugs, but the drugs that he is addicted to are not easy to kick. He needs help. I hope you watch to the end as his three wishes messed me up.

In this interview Cameron talks about drugs and addictions, lack of solutions, being “dope sick”, and even the prison system and his costs to society. This is a very powerful interview that I hope will open the eyes of many.


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Switzerland's Innovative Heroin Rehab Scheme

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Heroin Drug Trial (1997): A feature on the novel Swiss plan to help drug addicts recover – by providing safe, controlled environments for the drugs to be taken.

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Evelyn is a heroin addict. Since the age of 18 she’s been caught in a downward spiral of unemployment, crime and prostitution. She’s also one of a thousand users attending a clinic several times a day for a cheap, legal hit of heroin. Watching Evelyn ‘shoot up’ in the clean, controlled environment of the clinic is far removed from the squalid scenes of addiction in a Zurich park. She’s even able to work as a waitress. But not all Swiss are impressed by the heroin trial. The referendum to halt it came from right-wing religious groups who label their government a drug pusher. Boris Piske once fed his drug habit as a male prostitute. Now married with two children, it was God and abstinence in a religious community which helped him quit. Meanwhile, on a drug bust in a downtown flat with the Zurich drug squad it’s clear illegal drugs are still in plentiful supply. Police say driving addicts underground will merely worsen the problem. So far the Swiss trial has shown that the heroin clinic does work. Ninety addicts have already withdrawn. The government is considering extending the trial.

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Dopey 161 – Growing up Dopey and Other Tales, heroin, methadone, rehab, coke, AIDS, suicide, Vice

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Dopey 161 - Growing up Dopey and Other Tales, heroin, methadone, rehab, coke, AIDS, suicide, Vice


In the latest Dopey we hear from Dave’s old friend Aurora and learn of her tumultuous childhood, her drug addiction and the road to her recovery. We also recap a bit on the Marc Maron episode, as well as some potential Christmas presents. Sam calls in to blast Dopesick Nation play a new dumb game and kick it around. Kamal leaves a voicemail, we hear about a psychedelic journey with Jake, a new tune, and much, much more on this weeks very special episode of Dopey! Excelsior!

Pregnant Heroin Addict Who Was Offered Drug Treatment Puts Up Fight – Does She End Up Going?

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A young woman puts up a fight after reluctantly agreeing to seek help for her heroin addiction. Will she eventually go to treatment?

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