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34 of the 75 addiction beds for those in need of withdrawal in Montreal are closed, according to information obtained by TVA Nouvelles.
At Notre-Dame Hospital, five of the ten beds have been closed for more than six months. At the Rehabilitation Service on Prince-Arthur Street, there are 10 beds out of 28, while in the same place, all emergency department stretchers have been inaccessible since July. At the Leuven Rehabilitation Center, 9 out of 27 beds still cannot be used.
With the pandemic, requests for addiction help have increased. Some have become aware of serious problems with alcohol or drugs. & Nbsp;
“This closure of beds there is particularly dramatic”, specifies immediately Karine Bertrand, scientific director of the University Institute on the addictions of the University of Sherbrooke. & Nbsp;
“Often, that can lead to discouragement, helplessness, the feeling that there is no one who is going to be able to help. Then impotence can contribute to continued use, and even worsen the problems, “she continues. & Nbsp;
The CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal explains these closures by the labor shortage that is rampant everywhere in health care.
During the first wave of the pandemic , more than a hundred of the 400 dependency workers went to help in other services. On their return, beds were left closed because it was not possible to have enough nurses, night and evening, and this continues.
“We had to close beds because we were unable to ensure the safety of the staff. Currently, this is unheard of, 150 users waiting, it's huge. We're talking about seven weeks to have access to services, ”explains Martin Camiré, deputy director of the addiction continuum at the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. & Nbsp;
Benjaissa Mamah was lucky and was able to be admitted to a dependency center. He consumed up to 18 beers a day in hopes of reducing his anxiety. & Nbsp;
Mr. Mamah admits it bluntly; if he had not been admitted to the center, he would have committed suicide, a sign that the resources are more than necessary. & nbsp;
Fortunately, after several months of closure, we hope to open beds during the next few days.
“We will be able to reopen our internal rehabilitation beds next week and, the following week, we will be able to reopen around ten beds here in Prince-Arthur”, specifies Mr. Camiré.
The dependency emergency will however remain closed for the moment and some consumers will be sent to hospitals.