Arlene Kolb, Winnipeg, MB
Arlene Last-Kolb and Christine Dobbs sit side by side in a small coffee shop in Riverview, their eyes filled with pain. Their hearts are broken.The two Winnipeg mothers have something in common: Their sons both died after overdosing on fentanyl.
"You never get over it and you're never the same," said Last-Kolb. Since the deaths of their sons, they've worked to raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more toxic than morphine, and the need for treatment for those who are living with addiction. Last-Kolb didn't know anything about fentanyl when her son passed away, but has spent the last two years reaching out to health officials, police, politicians and other families in hopes of learning everything she can about the drug and what needs to be done to keep others from suffering the same fate as her son.
"If I have a lot of information, it's my duty to share that," said Last-Kolb. "I could help one person, you know.… I think as a parent, I would have wanted that. So you know, all I have to do is help one person." (CBC News Manitoba, August 31, 2014)
Jessie Kolb, age 24, died from an accidental overdose on July 18, 2014