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On The Road To Recovery

from Dan Fumano of the Calgary Herald,

Before Brady Leavold’s life took a nightmarish turn, he had the same dream as a lot of Canadian kids. Now he has a new dream.

Leavold grew up in Port Coquitlam wanting to be a hockey player and made it to the mid-level pro leagues.

But his career was derailed by escalating drug use as he attempted to numb secret pain. Within a few years, the once-promising right winger went from skating alongside future NHL all-stars to sleeping in tents and alleys in the Downtown Eastside, robbing people to support his worsening dependence on a deadly drug that had just hit the streets.

He was injecting fentanyl a dozen times a day, no longer wanting to live. Now, at age 34, he figures the only thing that stopped him from dying was jail.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

He was injecting fentanyl a dozen times a day…

In 1971, I was serving as an Army medic at the 545th Medical Dispensary in Korea when my back seized up so bad I could hardly move. The dispensary doc gave me a dose of fentanyl and sent me to the barracks to rest.

I barely made it to my bunk before it took hold, and for the next three hours I just laid there like a zombie. When I eventually came out of it, my back was better but I was a wreck. I decided right then that I’d stick with Ibuprofin whenever my back issues flared up.

If Leavold was injecting himself a dozen times a day, it must not have been full strength fentanyl because he wouldn’t have survived that for more than a day or two. It’s great at relieving pain, but the risks far outweigh the benefits.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/08/22 at 02:58 PM ET

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