“Today was the day that Never came to my house to stay… That’s all I can hear right now, Never… She will never come back, I will never see her smile again, she will never hug me again, I will never hear, ‘I love you gramma’ or ‘I hate you gramma’ … Today she started to become a Memory.”
Those heartbreaking words open an online post by a Victoria grandmother, after the sudden apparent overdose death of her 17-year-old granddaughter Beth, just days before Christmas.
In the haunting note, posted to her cousin’s Facebook page, Diane Klimek describes a vibrant young woman with whom she attended rock festivals and hunted for thrift store treasures.
And she shares the anguish of battling to convince the teen to turn away from drug use, writing “I’d give anything right now to have her here hating me just so she’d still be here and that would give me another chance to try and get her off all the drugs she was doing.”
Klimek goes on to describe “the silence that is surrounding me” since waking up to find the police pounding on her door at 4 a.m, telling her they’d tried and failed to bring back the 17-year-old from an overdose.
“Today, she became a statistic of the ravages of drug usage. … All I know now is it doesn’t matter anymore if it was Fentanyl, Acid, X, Special K, or Xanax because no matter what it was that was added to, whatever she thought she was taking, it was laced with Death.”
She goes on to write “I hated anyone that had given her the drugs, whether or not those drugs were involved in this incidence or not.”
The grandmother’s cousin says fentanyl is to blame for the teen’s death.
A spokesperson for the BC Coroners Service confirms a teen the same age died on December 22, and says an overdose is one of the possible causes of death being investigated.
More than 755 people have died of overdoses in B.C. this year, 60 of them in the Victoria area according to the most recent Coroners service statistics.
About 60% of those deaths have been linked to fentanyl, and while there is suspicion similar drugs like carfentanil may be linked to more, tests to detect those are still months away.
With files from Liza Yuzda