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Seven years after the worst day of my life

It has been seven years since the worst day of my life. I awoke the morning of March 19th 2011 at a family cottage with no sense of the pure calamity and heartbreak awaiting me. Not far into the day I got the call that would change my life forever, my brother Josh went to… Continue reading Seven years after the worst day of my life

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Julie Vail tells her son Tyrell’s story after losing him to an opioid overdose

Tyrell would go to the doctor to ask for help and he would come out with some other type of medication. He would overdose but the doctors would send him home with another prescription. I wish I knew that these types of drugs were on the streets. By the time I realized what I was dealing with Tyrells addiction had taken a hold of him.

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Advocate for Action on the Opioid Crisis – Halifax Event Update 

On July 19th the Nova Scotia government released their Opioid Action Plan just days before our event. The announcement included a commitment to offering free naloxone at Nova Scotia pharmacies by September 2017 and monthly reporting of opioid overdose deaths. These developments have addressed some of our requests in our event platform and it is… Continue reading Advocate for Action on the Opioid Crisis – Halifax Event Update 

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Advocate For Action On The Opioid Crisis Event

    Join us in creating awareness and advocating for action on the many facets of the opioid crisis. Bring a sign, photo of a loved one, or simply yourself to help us bring attention to this important public health issue. We will be located at Robie, Quinpool, Cogswell and Bell Road Intersection portion of… Continue reading Advocate For Action On The Opioid Crisis Event

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An open letter to Alberta Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman regarding the opioid crisis

Dear Minister Hoffman, As you know the opioid epidemic is impacting communities in Alberta and across Canada. As of October 2016 in Edmonton there were more overdose deaths related to prescription opioids than fentanyl although the opioid epidemic is often still framed as simply the fentanyl epidemic. After reading the third and partial fourth quarter… Continue reading An open letter to Alberta Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman regarding the opioid crisis

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GPDOTS 2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many… Continue reading GPDOTS 2015 in review

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Brandon’s Journey

Little Brandon was born at 10:43am in the morning on a cold winter’s day. Our second child after the birth of our daughter Shannon, Brandon weighed 8 lbs exactly! He was a go getter right from the beginning and learned very quickly how to melt our hearts. As a child he was very active.He never… Continue reading Brandon’s Journey