Calgary Herald Updated: July 20, 2017
Before her daughter admitted being addicted to the potent opioid in May 2016, Shawna says she was just like any parent, seeing fentanyl on the news, never thinking it was something that would affect her family.
Having experienced it now as a mother, Shawna wants to see more public education for parents about the drug.
“I don’t think it’s just the kids that need to be educated,” she says. “I think it’s parents that need to be educated as well.
“I think that we need to teach parents to talk to kids, to say things like: ‘This isn’t something that we want you to get involved in. But if you do and it becomes out of control, don’t be scared to come talk to us.’ ”
She also hopes to help set up a support group for parents in a similar situation, and has spoken with established groups such as Moms Stop the Harm and Changing the Face of Addiction.