A British Columbia mother says the stigma surrounding substance abuse made the treatment of her son “awkward.”
Leslie McBain says her son Jordan was prescribed oxycodone which she worried would re-ignite his addiction.
Despite her pleading with his medical professional, Jordan sadly died of an overdose several months later.
“The conversation that I had with Jordan’s physician at the time was a disaster… I think he was highly embarrassed that he had prescribed enough oxycodone to addict my son.”
Stigma has been seen as one of the many problems surrounding addiction.
McBain says her son’s case shows how this could affect a doctor’s sense of compassion for a patient.
“Doctors do have to take responsibility for the drugs that they prescribe.”
She says some medical professionals are listening but hopes more will change how they treat chronic pain.
“I think there is resistance, there’s stigmatized thinking. Stigma I think is one of the biggest things we have to overcome here.”
With files from Jeremy Lye