The CEO of the Sunshine Coast Health Centre is defending the facility after the release of a third-party report into the overdose death of a 20-year-old Coquitlam man.
Brandon Jansen overdosed on fentanyl while living at the Powell River substance abuse treatment centre back in March.
That triggered an automatic investigation by Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community Care Facilities Licensing, which oversees facilities of this type.
In its subsequent report, CCFL says “no contraventions of the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, and the Residential Care Regulations were found to have occurred.”
LISTEN: Sunshine Coast Health Centre CEO Melanie Jordan
But Melanie Jordan told CKNW’s Simi Sara Show what she thinks, looking back, there are things that could have done differently to have kept Brandon alive.
Specifically, she says the centre should’ve had Suboxone or Naloxone.
“Our frustration with that is that we were trying very, very hard to get those drugs and that we were being restricted. And as I’ve said we have a very hard time understanding why in the middle of a long, long, years-long opioid crisis why government organisations and regulatory colleges were holding back safe medication,” she said.
The report quotes an RCMP investigation pointing to how the drugs that killed Jansen may have entered the facility.
“From what the report tells us they believe that the drugs were brought in by another client,” Jordan said.
It says Jansen also had another illegal substance in his room, hidden in supplement containers brought into the facility by a family member.
LISTEN: Brandon Jansen’s mother responds
But Jansen’s mother Michelle is bristling at the suggestion her family had anything to do with the drugs that claimed her son’s life.
Responding on-air afterwards, she says she was the only family member to visit Brandon, and rejects what she calls the insinuation it may have been her.
“That I would’ve spent $40,000 to put my son into treatment to get better for his fentanyl addiction and to insinuate that I would bring in some substances with drugs hidden in them I think is absolutely abrasive.”
An inquest into Jansen’s death is scheduled to begin in the new year.