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‘Be more tolerant’ towards female addicts

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, ​heatherlynevanson@nationnews.com

Added 11 January 2020

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Counsellors at Marina House, Letitia Wiltshire (left), and Shawn Springer speaking to hikers yesterday. (HLE)

There is a social stigma attached to women who are fighting drug addiction, and a counsellor at Marina House is calling for more tolerance and gender equality understanding.

The call has come from Shawn Springer, who provides unit support and counselling for those battling addiction at Marina House and Verdun House.

He was speaking to the Sunday Sun as the Substance Abuse Foundation held its annual Recovery Hike in St John yesterday morning.

Springer revealed that there were four women resident at Marina House but the Newcastle, St John facility, which opened in 2015, had helped about 50 women. (HLE)

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