‘How could this happen?’: After losing loved ones to opioids, grieving relatives take action
Nearly 4,000 Canadians died of opioid overdoses last year – a record high in a crisis that shows no signs of abating. The mounting deaths have turned ordinary citizens into vocal advocates for drug-policy reform; Grief has made way for action.
On Saturday, Moms Stop the Harm, a network of Canadian families who have lost loved ones to overdoses with members from coast to coast, will rally on the steps of the B.C. Legislature in Victoria. They are calling for the decriminalization of drug possession and consumption, as well as access to a safer, regulated source.
The Globe and Mail talks to three families who have lost loved ones to overdoses now calling for change.
Andrea Woo reports
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner