09/26/2013 12:45 EDT | Updated 11/25/2013 05:12 EST

Heroin-Addicted Teen Needs Help, Burnaby Mother Says

The mother of a heroin-addicted teen in Burnaby is calling for changes to drug treatment programs for young people.

The teen, who is 16 years old and cannot be identified because she's a juvenile offender, started taking drugs when she was 12.

Her mother, Lorna, says she's unable to force treatment on her without her consent. "The children are in charge," Lorna told CBC News. "They learn to understand how the laws work and what their rights are."

Lorna's comments come one day after the father of a White Rock teen who died from a drug overdose said B.C. laws made it difficult for family members to help his troubled daughter.

Adriana Falcon, 15, died last week at a Vancouver boarding house. A toxicology report shows it was a combination of methamphetamine and heroin that killed her.

"The way that things work... they can just go off and die," Lorna said.

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