Where To Get The Naloxone Kits In Ottawa
- February 23, 2017
- Theresa Bertuzzi
With the news stories circulating about Ottawa teens dying from drug overdoses in our neighbourhoods many parents, including myself are literally in a panic to try and stop this from happening to our own children. I first want to thank the Russell and Kotval families for speaking out about the overdose deaths of their beautiful daughters. This must have been so very hard for you. As a parent I know that my biggest fear in this world is not spiders, heights or sharks it is that I lose one of my children. I know that this is in the heart of almost every parent out there and please believe me that when we all read about your daughters it took our breath away and our hearts all broke thinking about what you must be going through. Yet in the midst of this nightmare you all put your own comfort aside to come forward and tell us your stories so that we could share them with our own children and perhaps prevent them from making the same mistake. You put yourself out there and faced the internet trolls who may say ridiculous things like parents should be educating and watching their children to prevent such horrors from happening but the truth is that this could happen to any of us or any of our children. We can’t watch our children 24 hours a day and as they head off to school or out with friends we can only hope that they will make the right choices.
I think what makes me so fearful is that when I think back to when I was a teenager, if pressured enough, I may have tried it just that one time to see what happened. Teenagers do not have the same fears as we do and they do not have the same understanding of how fragile life is. They also don’t understand the love that we, as parents, have for them or how much their loss will destroy us. So after hearing about your daughters and reading the amazing letter written by Mr. O’Leary about his daughter who is addicted to these pills, I sat down with my children and explained what was happening. They responded with “of course I wouldn’t do it mom, I’m not stupid,” to which I was then able to tell them your daughters’ stories and put a real face to the type of people who make these mistakes. They are beautiful, talented and athletic young ladies who had the whole world in front of them and just made one little mistake. Who doesn’t make mistakes? It really hit home with them that these teens are not like the drug addicts that you see on TV or read about in books, they are just teens like them who made one bad choice. Then I reminded them of some of the stupid mistakes that they have already made in this world and a whole bunch of stupid stuff that I did to make them see how easy it is to make a mistake. I hope and pray that this hit home with them. I just want to thank you though and let you know how brave I think you all are and how thankful I am for your honesty. I also want you to know that I really believe that you are saving many lives. You very well may be stopping many teens from making that first wrong decision and trying those seemingly harmless drugs that first time. Then today a friend made a comment that we need to remind our children not to leave their drinks unsupervised in case someone tries to pull a prank by dropping some of the drugs into their drinks and that started panic attack number two for me which will lead to Lesson # 2 in my house tonight. Dang, I never thought of that one!!!!
Even though I have now lectured my children, begged my children, and even cried a little in hopes of getting it through their heads that this is a mistake that they just cannot make I realize that they are only children and mistakes happen all too often so I will be getting one of those Naloxone Kits that you can use if you find your child has overdosed and get to them in time. Drugstores in Ottawa are giving them out for free and all you have to do is show them your health card. If you would like to get one too, I have phoned the help line and gotten the information on which pharmacies in Ottawa carry them. Here you go!
- Shoppers Drug Mart-3310 McCarthy Road
- Hunt Club Pharmacy-2430 Bank Street
- Shoppers Drug Mart- 181 Greenbank Road
- Shoppers Drug Mart- 2515 Bank Street
- Shoppers Drug Mart- 4744 Bank Street
- Shoppers Drug Mart- 1469 Merivale Road
- Shoppers Drug Mart- 888 Meadowlands Drive
- Shoppers Drug Mart- 1582 Bank Street
- Pro Active Pharmacy- 1645 Bank Street
- First Care Pharmacy- 2 Lori Greenburg Drive
- Stafford IDA Pharmacy- 1861 Robertson Road
- Shoppers Drug Mart- 3080 Carling Avenue
- Rexall Pharmacy- 2950 Carling Avenue
- Rexall Pharmacy- 2144 Robertson Road
Good Luck and I hope we never have to use them! XOX