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Friday, March 22, 2019

Orillia residents urged to mobilize against opioids

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

Orillia mom who lost son to fentanyl overdose says the opioid crisis is a national health emergency.

Two local mothers whose sons were killed by fentanyl are attempting to mobilize Orillians to take action against the opioid crisis.

Melisa Hurst lost her 19 year old son Luke in 2017.

She urged those at a community forum in Orillia last night(THURS) to put pressure on politicians.

Hurst also wants parents to have an open and honest conversation with their children about drugs.

Evelyn Pollock's son Daniel also died in 2017, and she feels its important for residents to know that opioids are not just a big city problem.

Pollock says it's easy to pretend that everything is peaceful and calm,  and that this will pass.

She says it isn't passing,  and every month there are more and more people dying across Canada,  in Ontario and in Orillia.

Pollock adds it is easier to blame the addicts, but it's a societal problem right now, and she is begging people to pay attention because it is a national health emergency.

According to the health unit, there were 31 confirmed and four probable opioid-related deaths in Simcoe-Muskoka during the first six months of 2018.

 

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