Carol Ward, Steinbach, MB

Carol Ward believes her her daughter is dead because the health-care system helped fuel her drug addiction. On April 4, 2017 Carol found her daughter Lisa Erickson, 32, without a pulse. All Carol Ward has left of Lisa Erickson, 32, is an urn of ashes and the kit bag of drug paraphernalia and prescription bottles she found with her daughter when she overdosed on opioids, including possibly carfentanil.

Ward believes the doctor who had been prescribing Erickson morphine for years is partly to blame for her death. During her pregnancy she developed ulcerative colitis, which required long hospital stays and prolonged bouts of morphine treatment. Ward says her daughter recovered from the colitis — which had only flared up during pregnancy — but not from the morphine addiction.

In the years that followed, she went on the provincial methadone program several times, but it didn't work for her. In 2014, she found a doctor who would prescribe her between 30-90 mg of morphine tablets to be taken between two and five times a day, in quantities ranging from 40 to 120 pills. When Ward discovered Erickson's body, she had two bottles of morphine prescribed by the same doctor with her.

(CBC News Manitoba, April 18, 2017)

Daughter Lisa Erickson, age 32, died from a suspected Carfentanyl Overdose on April 4, 2017.