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‘This disease’s only purpose is to take your life’: Recovering addict tells her story

When Megan Poole woke up from her third overdose, she knew she needed help.

"I walked into a facility, threw my hands in the air crying hysterically," I don't want to die, "she said.

It has been a long road to recovery for the 25-year-old. She became addicted to cocaine and Oxycontin and started using drugs at the age of 14.

"[The drugs] convinced me to lean on it and I’ll be safe with it. "I believed in the drug," Poole said.

She thought she was "invincible" to the drugs, but eventually they took over her body. In January of 2018, on her brother's birthday, she overdosed for the first time.

"I was so taken back that it finally caught up to me," she said.

She said she was scared and disbelief, but still she didn't do anything about it. Thirty-nine days after her first overdose, Poole overdosed for a third time.

"I took one pill and I had the other pill, and when they collided in my system, they basically tranquilized me," she said.

She was rushed to emergency, where she was given several rounds of dialysis for kidney failure. She spent 21 days in intensive care and once she was released, she checked herself into rehab.

"If I put all the effort into it, I would have started crawling out of the hole that the drugs and alcohol put me in," she said.

Today, Poole is celebrating nine months of recovery. She said she was given power back of power.

‘The stigma around who this disease affects needs to be broken’

Poole's story is one of several featured in a four-part documentary series of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN)

The goal is to break the stigma of addiction and to admit there is an opioid crisis in Saskatchewan.

"It is our call to talk and put this into the open so that treatment can begin for recovery," SUN president Tracy Zambory said.

Zambory's family story is the documentary series as well. Her son, Wesley was addicted to opioids and cocaine. Zambory said she was stunned and denial that something like this could happen to her family.

"I wanted the floor to open up and swallow me," she said.

She said seeing her go through addiction showed her addiction doesn't discriminate against who is targets, saying it can happen to anyone.

That´s why Poole is sharing his story – to show that the addictions crisis in Saskatchewan is real.

"The stigma around who this disease affects needs to be broken. Every day people are dying. Upper, middle, lower class, it does not care where you came from, "Poole said.

"If it sees you opening your life where it can slip into it, it will. This disease's only purpose is to take your life, play with your life, and ultimately your life. "

Both Poole and Wesley have a happy endings to their story. Wesley met a woman who convinced him to go to a methadone clinic, Zambory said. Now Wesley is in recovery and doing well.

"His is a story of hope."

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