Mom urges more mental health care as fentanyl threatens family again

CBC News, January 2, 2018

A MSTH family from Calgary shares their story with the media. Dana Parkes candidly speaks about how her son Tristan died and how she is now coping with another son with SUD.

Ever since fentanyl exploded into the province's illicit drug trade and triggered an escalating death toll, health officials have made some gains, such as opening treatment spaces and widely distributing the overdose antidote naloxone.

But in their three-year response to the drug crisis, health officials have not made any significant improvements to Alberta's mental health system, says Dr. Michael Trew, the province's former chief addiction and mental health officer.

Mom urges more mental health care as fentanyl threatens family again