It's back to the business of saving lives during Canada's opioid epidemic
TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - It's not very often the underdog ends up coming out on top, but this time John Haines did exactly that. "I've claimed my innocence from the very beginning, and my victory is a statement of truth and moral fortitude for everyone who feels they have been a victim to our system," says John Haines, Founder of Addiction Canada.
According to court documents read into record on November 3 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville, a criminal investigation against Mr. Haines and Addiction Canada began in May 2015, after the Ontario Provincial Police charged a doctor working at Addiction Canada's Caledon, Ontario location with practicing medicine without a license. The Investigation continued over the next year and resulted in allegations of defrauding patients of up to $6.1 million. The Ontario Provincial Police laid several criminal charges, including fraud, money laundering, trafficking and others, against Haines personally.
As part of the November 3 proceedings, these charges were all read into the court record, with the crown attorney then noting each one had been withdrawn. For having an unlicensed doctor on staff, Haines was fined $5,000 by the court on a summary charge of mischief, as court documents indicated that he was responsible for the corporation's HR department.
After leaving the courthouse Mr. Haines stated, "I always said from the beginning that I was innocent and now I can focus on the Addiction business, which saves lives in a time when it is most needed in Canada."
Haines said during this whole ordeal he was forced to step down and close Addiction Canada but has continued with interventions across Canada, remaining busy in light of the Canadian Opioid and Addiction crisis Canada has been facing.
Prior to the investigation, Addiction Canada was Canada's largest private rehab organization, using proprietary treatment methods and programs designed and created by Haines. "We had one of the best recovery rates in the country," said Mr. Haines. "My biggest regret is hearing the stories from individuals who went somewhere else for treatment because of what they heard in the news about me and Addiction Canada. It truly breaks my heart to hear about their experiences at the other facilities they ended up going to, and I really wish we had had the opportunity to help them personally."
Mr. Haines' goal now is to become a leading authority in private addiction recovery and rehabilitation. "There are some very serious flaws in our system, and if it wasn't for private rehab facilities like mine there would be greater loss of life and suffering. Private rehab facilities save lives."
Time will tell which direction Haines decides to take, but one thing is certain: he won and was proven right. This seems to be just the beginning for Haines, and his desire to serve and take the fight against addiction to new levels has been refueled and reenergized.
SOURCE Addiction Canada
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