A recovering addict has taken the first steps in launching a class action against the government of BC for charging fees for a methadone treatment program.
Laura Shaver, a heroin addict on social assistance, signed up to be part of a methadone treatment program.
But before she began, she says she was forced to sign a fee agreement.
In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Shaver alleges the fee agreement which automatically deducts around $20 a month from her welfare cheques is unfair.
Shaver says her addiction treatment is medically necessary and that the province doesn’t make those on welfare pay fees for other medical services.
None of the allegations have been proven in court, nor has the suit been officially deemed a class action.