‘No handbook for parents’ when it comes to drug addiction

Time Colonist, July 30th, 2017

Howard is part of a growing army of parents affected by the overdose crisis and advocating for change, not just for their own children, but for others.

“There is no handbook for parents supporting a child with addictions and mental-health issues. You learn in the trenches and you come together,” said Howard.

She was joined at a downtown coffee shop by other parents helping to organize Overdose Awareness Month in Victoria, which kicks off Monday at 5 p.m. in Centennial Square with a community photo of anyone affected by the crisis — families, first-responders, front-line workers — and photos of those they’ve lost. On Aug. 31, Overdose Awareness Day will be marked across the country with events in Victoria and Nanaimo. The parents are part of an organization called Moms Stop the Harm, which has grown from three mothers from the Island and Alberta in 2016 to hundreds of parents across the country.

‘No handbook for parents’ when it comes to drug addiction