Families sharing loss gather to talk addiction

Medicine Hat News September 14, 2018

A small group gathered Thursday evening outside city hall with each member sharing at least one thing with everyone else. They’ve all lost someone they love to drug addiction.

The local group is part of a national network called Moms Stop the Harm — Canadian families whose loved ones have died due to substance use, or who desperately hope for recovery.

“We’re here to support each other and we’re here to support a cause we believe in,” said Bob Westgarth, whose son Shane died of an overdose on New Year’s Day of last year. The group spent the evening downtown talking among itself as well as taking time to share stories with members of the local media.

“Medicine Hat will be getting a supervised consumption site before year’s end, a facility that everyone at Thursday’s get-together supported.

Families sharing loss gather to talk addiction