Comox Valley Record April 12, 2018
With nearly 1,000 signatures in just over one week, Courtenay parents John and Jennifer Hedican are hoping a petition will push for change for the country’s opioid overdose crisis. Nearly one year ago, the Hedicans lost their son Ryan following a lengthy battle of addiction due to fentanyl poisoning.
They have since been sharing their story with politicians and the public in an effort to destigmatize and raise awareness about substance use and to push for changes to policy and treatment. They created a petition which calls for the declaration of the overdose crisis as a National Public Health Emergency, to reform current drug policy to decriminalize personal possession and the creation of a system to provide safe substances.
“This is a national crisis and we want our federal government to make changes for all Canadians,” the Hedicans wrote in an email.