One Online campaign It has been launched to recall many people lost in Alberta due to the opioid crisis.
“We decided to do this virtual memorial because we listen to the numbers but the people we love are not numbers and they are so much more than the use of the substance from which they died,” director of Moms Stop Said Haram Petra Schultz.
According to officials, in 2020 1,144 people died of an opioid overdose in Alberta.
It took months to compile the labor of love, to present stories, and to recall memories written by families across the province.
Participant Kim Porter said she lost her son Neil to an overdose in 2016 at the age of 31.
“I was asked to include a statement about Neil that he loved, so my statement was about his love of Batman,” Porter said.
Porter said writing about her son is a bitwatch but he welcomes any opportunity to honor her.
“It doesn’t just honor him; Porter said it honors other lives lost to families in this crisis as well as grieving for their loved ones.”
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The Virtual Memorial was launched after Boyle Street Community Services reported the closure of the consumption site.
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Harm Reduction Group Moms Stop Haram said it was to launch earlier than anticipated in an effort to attract attention.
Dr. Hikik Virani specialized in public health and addiction medicine and said now is the time to step up life-saving interventions.
“We are seeing the scale of the overdose epidemic in the shadow of COVID in a way that is frightening. We have seen a 157 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths compared to last year. ‘
“Looks like 2021 will be worse. We are killing at least four people every day. “
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Authorities said 398 opioid people died in Edmonton last year. In the first two months of this year, there were 72 opioid-related deaths in the city.
As Porter, she said she hopes this memorial touches the hearts and minds of all Albertans, including lawmakers who make important decisions in helping those living with drug addiction.
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