Grieving B.C. mother joins advocates for drug decriminalization after daughter's overdose death

CBC News BC, February 20, 2018

Niki Hanson is still getting used to the idea her daughter is dead.

"I had a police officer come to my home and tell me," the resident of Prince George, B.C., said. Her 26-year-old, Courtney, had been alone when she fatally overdosed in Vancouver last October, one of more than 1,420 people counted by the B.C. Coroners Service in what the chief coroner called the province's "most tragic year ever".

Hanson has found an outlet for her grief: she's thrown herself into advocacy work, joining the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs [and MSTH], which calls on governments to include past and current drug users in shaping policy around the overdose crisis.

Grieving B.C. mother joins advocates for drug decriminalization after daughter's overdose death