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From COVID to detox, this sounds like a great idea for trailers

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What do you do with a COVID isolation center when a pandemic seems to be running out of steam?

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Take the first step to making a difference in the lives of drug addicts who want to get clean.

When the global pandemic hit, Maskwacis Health Services brought in ATCO trailers to set up an isolation center to care for people who couldn’t self-isolate at home or didn’t have a home to isolate themselves.

With many patients being homeless, staff learned how to ensure they received the care they needed.

Now that the isolation trailers are no longer needed for people in isolation with COVID, they are given new life as a rehab and treatment center – something anyone with a stake in the population’s situation vulnerable in the region know that it is essential if we want to see things really change in the community.

When I spoke last week to Maskwaics Counseling and Support Services Manager Peyasu Wuttunee of Nayoskan Drug and Treatment Center and he told me about the proposal he had put forward, it seemed like a no-brainer.

These trailers are set up with medical support.

They provide food and shelter.

Opioid-related deaths are on the rise across the country, especially in Indigenous communities.

Going into detox and treatment comes with a four to ten month wait, which is completely unacceptable.

When someone, for whatever reason, touches that wall or that background and reaches out and says, “I need help. I want to quit this stuff” waiting even a few days or weeks, let alone months, gives them an opportunity to slip up, to change their minds, to feel like no one cares.

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Having a local rehab and treatment center that will prioritize Maskwacis members and focus on the client as an individual and not a clinical statistic is a step in the direction we all want to see.

The second step is to put in place post-treatment supports to help these clients find housing, employment, education, or whatever else they need to stay sober.

As a nine-month pilot project starting with 12 beds, wish the staff at Nayoskan Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment Center success so that they can expand the center so that maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t become a high priority need in our communities in the future.

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