University Affairs, April 25, 2018
Petra Schulz is an instructor in the community health and community studies department at MacEwan University and co-founder of the grassroots organization Moms Stop the Harm. In 2014, Ms. Schulz lost her youngest son Danny to an accidental fentanyl overdose. Danny was in recovery at the time, but the support and treatment groups he and his family attended preached “tough love,” she says. No one told them about keeping naloxone on hand or the potential risks of relapse.
“It’s very traumatizing to know the death of your child was so preventable and that there are tools available that you could have known about but didn’t,” Ms. Schulz says. Since forming the organization with a handful of other mothers who lost children to drug-related deaths, Moms Stop the Harm has grown to 400 members, all advocating for better education and drug policy reforms at the federal level.