It’s just more tragic evidence that the overdose crisis in B.C. is reaching into every part of our lives.
The Parent Advisory Council at Victoria High School called a special meeting after two students, both described as ‘bright and engaged,’ died of apparent overdoses.
The school auditorium filled quickly with more than 100 people who grabbed stacks of pamphlets with information and resources on overdose prevention and parenting.
Panelists ranging from healthcare professionals to first responders fielded questions from the crowd: Many asking about marijuana and how safe it is, and whether it’s addictive.
Others shared emotional stories about what they’ve gone through with their kids who’ve tried drugs and gone too far.
Some parents raised concerns about how to have these difficult talks with their kids.
All panellists agreed that one of the most important steps a parent can take is to have open conversations with youth to help ensure they feel confident saying “No” to drugs, even when everyone around them may be saying yes.
Last year saw 914 illicit overdose deaths across the province, 66 of them in Victoria, the third highest rate in B.C.
With files from Neetu Garcha