Voices rise at Victoria rally on overdose ‘epidemic’

Times Colonist, September 1, 2017

When Jennifer Howard lost her son Robert Cunningham to a fentanyl overdose in May 2016 at age 24, she was devastated.

After learning he had hid his heroin use, and had been using for only seven months before his death, she began to realize how widespread drug overdoses are in B.C.

Howard, who helped organize Thursday’s International Overdose Awareness Day event at Centennial Square, was among hundreds of people from all walks of life who had a good reason for being there.

“I lost the ability to help Robby, so for me, going forward, being an advocate and a voice for others, and making sure change happens is important,” said Howard, a member of the group Moms Stop the Harm.

Voices rise at Victoria rally on overdose ‘epidemic’