Adriana Londono is trying to advance to terms with the indisputable truth that she can never derive to peep her 12-year-veteran daughter again.
“She became once too younger to skedaddle,” acknowledged Londono.
Her daughter Ally died of a suspected fentanyl overdose on April 14.
“I became once told that she became once the youngest to die from an overdose from fentanyl since the COVID crisis started.”
The BC Coroners Provider confirmed that stat Wednesday. News of the unthinkably younger victim has furthermore reached B.C.’s top doctor.
“It’s tantalizing a horrendous tragedy when youngsters die unnecessarily,” acknowledged Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial properly being officer. “And during this length of time, we know the map toxic the facet road drug provide is.”
Ally became once a Grade 6 student in the Increased Victoria College District.
“We know youngsters experiment, however we desire prevent, extend or reduce abet substance train,” acknowledged Harold Caldwell, affiliate superintendent for the Increased Victoria College District.
The district says it has counselors in the college blueprint which would possibly be trained in substance train and, if college students pick, they would possibly furthermore furthermore be referred to Island Health’s Discovery counselling program for additonal support.
“The very fact is is that capsules are readily available for of us to entry,” acknowledged Guy Felicella, glimpse clinical advisor for the BC Centre for Substance Exhaust. “It doesn’t subject how veteran you would possibly furthermore be.”
Felicella is a earlier addict who now works within school programs in the Lower Mainland, educating youngsters on injure bargain. He says federal and provincial gaps in the blueprint are costing folks their lives.
“We would favor therapy on interrogate in both conditions,” acknowledged Felicella. “One for safer provide and one for of us to derive off of substances as properly.”
Ally’s mother says her daughter started using capsules in the drop of 2019. That resulted in three separate overdoses. That’s when Adriana tried to derive her daughter into rehab.
“I reached out to the ministry and I told my mother,” acknowledged Adriana. “We were trying to find a build for her to skedaddle and so they acknowledged there became once nowhere for her to skedaddle as a outcome of she became once too younger.”
“So they’d tantalizing refer us to counselors.”
Adriana wants to peep a trade when it comes to helping youngsters who need support.
“It doesn’t subject ought to you’re now now not 14, you continue to need support and I think she’s map to younger to die,” acknowledged Adriana. “So she doesn’t need to be 14 to be in a therapy program, she wants the support now.”
Sadly for Ally, support didn’t advance in time.