By: Sarah Warner on October 12, 2017.
In an interview with WCSH6, Gaeton Bourgoin, a former employee of Twin Rivers paper mill who became addicted to opioids after sustaining a back injury in 1989, claims to find relief in the use of medical marijuana. Now, the highest court in Maine will be deciding on whether or not his cannabis medication should be covered by his worker’s compensation insurance.
“What a long strange trip it’s been,” said Bourgoins attorney, Norman Trask, of his client’s 25 year long search for a reprieve from his pain in an interview with WCSH6. According to Trask, Bourgoin was prescribed opioids shortly after his accident and quickly spiraled into crippling addiction. In 2014, after over two decades of opioid addiction, his doctor suggested he try medical marijuana.
“He was initially reluctant, he had never done it, he had some reservations. However, he was frankly desperate at that point,” said Trask, in an interview with WCSH6, “He’d been very sick, in pain, suicidal at times, and once he started using medical marijuana, it alleviated many of those