Christine Padaric, Heidelberg, ON
I lost my 17-year-old son Austin to a fatal overdose of Morphine on April 12, 2013. Since that time, i have been actively involved in overdose prevention, harm reduction and the support of Bill C-224, an Act to amend the Good Samaritan Act to provide immunity to those who call 911 in an overdose situation (this Bill was passed in May 2017).
I am a member of several Region of Waterloo Public Health Committees, I teach overdose prevention and harm reduction to high school students and am available for public speaking opportunities. I also facilitate a Waterloo Chapter of GRASP (Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing). I maintain a Facebook Page called Overdose Canada which promotes a map of North America where individuals can submit a photo and information about a loved one lost to overdose. The intention of the map is to educate others about the crisis and reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and overdose. I also have my own website called skateforaustin.com where i provide local information for those seeking help dealing with someone with problematic substance use.
Son Austin, age 17 died from a morphine overdose on April 12, 2013.