Taking her message to the top

Winnipeg Sun, November 13, 2017

A Winnipeg woman who has become a vocal advocate in the fight against opioids wants her son’s story seen by the highest office in the land.

Arlene Last-Kolb, whose son Jesse died in 2014 of a fentanyl overdose, sent 160 individual envelopes containing a letter and a photo of her son to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, an act she said will honour her child while keeping the stories of families impacted by opioid overdoses front and centre.

Last-Kolb said she settled on 160 to represent the number of people on average who are impacted when someone dies. The initiative was spearheaded by a group called Moms Stop The Harm, a Canadian grassroots organization that raises awareness of addictions issues.

Taking her message to the top