Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun, May 12, 2018
A group of B.C. women know exactly what they want for Mother’s Day, but their wishes cannot be fulfilled by their children. The grim reality is that each has lost a child to the province’s escalating overdose crisis, which is killing more than four people a day.
These women have united in their grief with like-minded mothers across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to launch the international #listentomom campaign, which demands a more humane approach to drug addiction: removing the stigma and having it recognized as a medical issue.
“It is a monumental epidemic and we are not addressing it with the urgency it requires. It is a public health emergency, like ebola and AIDS,” said Kat Wahamaa of Maple Ridge, whose son Joseph, 25, died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016.