Our History:

First MSTH Meeting in Summerland BC, October, 2016

First MSTH Meeting in Summerland BC, October, 2016

Second MSTH Meeting, Edmonton AB, June 2017

Second MSTH Meeting, Edmonton AB, June 2017

Third MSTH Meeting, Victoria BC, June 2018

Third MSTH Meeting, Victoria BC, June 2018

Fourth MSTH Meeting, Vancouver BC, May 2019

Fourth MSTH Meeting, Vancouver BC, May 2019

MSTH began with a need to speak out about the ongoing drug poisoning crisis. MSTH co-founders Lorna Thomas and Petra Schulz, both from Edmonton, and Leslie McBain, from Pender Island, BC first met in 2015. They met after a report about the death of Petra’s son Danny, from an accidental fentanyl overdose, appeared in the Edmonton Journal. Lorna reached out to Petra because her son Alex had died by suicide after struggling with mental health and substance use.  Leslie’s son Jordan Miller died from an overdose after becoming opioid dependent on prescription drugs.

They started to work together in August 2015 but did not form Moms Stop The Harm until April 2016, after Lorna and Leslie returned from a trip to New York where they attended the United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions (UNGASS) on drug policy. What began as an advocacy initiative by three concerned mothers is now a network of over 1000 Canadian families from coast, to coast to coast.

Milestone Advocacy Activities and Events

October 2019: Documentary: Flood - The Overdose Epidemic in Canada

2019 September: When the wheels on the bus Go Round and Round - For an important message .. #EndOverdose

2019 September: My sister died alone at the age of 18. Zoe might be alive today! MSTH families spoke out in support of SCS in Alberta during the governments review of these essential health services.

2019 August 31: International Overdose Awareness Day 2019 with MSTH - Coast to Coast

2019 June: MSTH Candlelight Vigil for #SafeSupply #DecrimNow in Vancouver June 8, 2019

2019 May: Harm Reduction International Conference, Portugal https://www.hri.global/conference-2019

2019 April: Support for the 2019 CAPUD Day of Action United for #SafeSupply in Toronto, Windsor, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria & Powell River

2019 April: Alberta Votes: #MSTH and #CTF release report card on political leaders’ overdose epidemic response strategies

2018 November: Documentary PainKiller - Inside the Opioid Crisis https://youtu.be/nLrUHrpjd2o

2018 October: MSTH at Stimulus Conference Edmonton, AB October 2018

2018 September: MSTH presentation at the Government of Canada Opioid Symposium in Toronto https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/healthy-living/opioid-symposium-what-we-heard-report-march-2019.html

2018 August 31: MSTH participated in and organized IOAD events in several Canadian Communities

2018 June: #MSTH #DecriminalizeNow Rally in Victoria, BC and Leslie McBain – #MSTH #DecriminalizeNow Rally and Rally to #decriminalizenow and #endthestigma of substance use, Victoria, BC June 23, 2018

2018 May: What Do Mexican, US and Canadian Moms Want for Mothers Day?

2018 March: Public Safety Canada and CCSU Law Enforcement Round Table

March 2018: See-Beyond anti-stigma campaign “This is what we’d say if only we still had the chance. Please read.” https://www.see-beyond.ca/

2017 November: Do Something Prime Minister Photo Campaign

2017 November: MSTH representatives participated in round table discussions with the Federal Minister of Health Ginette Petipas-Taylor during the CCSA Meeting in Calgary

2017 August 31: MSTH participated in and organized IOAD events in several Canadian communities

2017 July: Manitoba Moms Meeting with Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott

2017 June: Helen Jennen's presentation to the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians

2017 May: Families affected by overdose crisis call on provincial parties to commit new cannabis tax revenue to substance use treatment and prevention

2016 August 31: MSTH participated in IOAD events in several communities in BC and AB