A new study comparing addiction treatment services programs in Peterborough indicates that there is a need for a residential detox program for the counties of Peterborough, Haliburton, Kawartha and Northumberland. Olivia Emino, a fourth-year Trent University student, conducted the research and recently presented her work at a showcase of applied research projects. Emino worked under the supervision of Dave Jarvis, Chair of the Regional Haliburton/Kawartha/Pine Ridge Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee, a committee which also helped to sponsor this work.
The study looked at harm reduction versus abstinence models by conducting a survey of local addiction services organization and front-line workers. Emino’s research also found that the closest detox centre is in Oshawa, posing a transportation barrier for those seeking treatment.
Emino was motivated to conduct her research from personal experience of the impact of mental health and addictions issues. Her brother passed away in 2007 from an ecstasy overdose and the research topic is very important to her and her family. She believes everyone knows someone who has been impacted by addiction, whether it is a family, friend or coworker.
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