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To: The Honourable Carolyn Bennett and The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
End the Opioid Crisis
I am one of thousands of parents across Canada whose child has died of a fentanyl overdose. A generation of young people is being lost. This nightmare must be addressed in every community, so that other parents won't receive those heart-shattering final calls.
I respectfully urge you and your government to work with the provinces and territories to provide the economic response and resources necessary to stop the manufacturing and distribution of synthetic fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.
Why is this important?
According to the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, which is responsible for the area where I live, there were 132 opioid-related deaths in 2020 and 175 in 2021. Through the first six months of 2022, a total of 66 opioid-related deaths were reported.
Emergency room visits for opioid poisonings also spiked, with ERs in Simcoe and Muskoka recording 814 opioid-related cases in 2021. Through the first six months of 2022, there were 264 ER visits.
My 28 year old son never made it to an ER. He died before an ambulance arrived. The fentanyl he took led to an unintended overdose, like it has for too many others across our country. I don't want any more parents to suffer this devastating loss.
Please help me and other grieving parents by signing my petition to urge all levels of government to work together to end this crisis. It literally is a matter of life and death.