OxyContin And Small Towns

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Much of Canada was horrified this week, as disturbing details surrounding the murder of 8 year-old Tori Stafford emerged from the trial of Michael Rafferty.  He stands accused of kidnapping, sexual assault, and first degree murder.

Rafferty's ex-girlfriend, Terry-Lynn McClintic, gave the horrifying testimony. She is already serving a life sentence for Tori's murder.

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Beyond her description of the murder, McClintic told tales of her drug-addled life and her addiction to prescription painkiller OxyContin.  OxyContin abuse is a problem in small towns and rural communities throughout Canada and the United States.

We hear from Sister Beth Davies, director of the Addiction Education Centre in Pennington Gap, Virginia. She talks about how OxyContin abuse changed the face of her community.  

Brent then speaks to Deborah Cumming, the Nation Priority Advisor at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. She's developing a national strategy on the misuse of prescription drugs.
 
 
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