The federal government's response is so far from appropriate, so far from adequate and so far from stemming the tide of death that many have lost hope.
Sherri Kent said doctors told her Michael likely overdosed on the drug.
The dramatic video captures a very real side of the opioid crisis.
Ontario just announced that it is starting its war against addiction and deaths from opioid overdoses by targeting the elderly and disabled. Beginning in January 2017, Ontario will no longer cover the cost of higher doses of certain pain medications on its drug benefit formulary.
“I don’t think we’ve come anywhere near the peak of this yet.”
"This really is a disaster"
Fentanyl stole from me, from my family and from countless others across Canada. I've had items stolen from me before. In high school, someone broke into my locker and took my iPod. I remember my mom telling me, "Life goes on." Last year, someone stole funds from my bank account. Life goes on. Sometimes, though, it doesn't. On February 28, 2015, my older brother took what he thought was an Oxycontin tablet while he was out partying. He went home, he went to bed and he never woke up.
Calgary teen Anthony Hampton was paralyzed and left with serious brain damage after unknowingly taking fentanyl.
"Awareness has got to be part of the solution to this horrible thing."
"He's not what we could consider, in our mind's eye, the typical overdose."