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A hilarious view of life with multiple autoimmune disease and chronic illness. Lupus, Dermatomyositis, Myositis, Alopecia, Raynaud's Syndrome, Sjogren's Disease, Depression & Anxiety. I have it all and have learned to not only accept what come my way but to see the humour in all that life has to offer. If you know someone struggling with chronic illness please refer them to this blog. My hope is to brighten the days of those who need it the most and give hope that there is still a beautiful life to live even if it may be a little bit broken!

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Where To Get The Naloxone Kits In Ottawa

Where To Get The Naloxone Kits In Ottawa

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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

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Good Luck and I hope we never have to use them!  XOX

 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/wake-up-call-as-ottawa-community-grapples-with-drug-overdoses-1.3297955

http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/tragedy-at-all-saints-school-as-teen-dies-after-drug-use-1.3288287

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/kanata-dad-warning-parents-teenager-drug-overdoses-1.3990547

2 Comments

  1. Rachel Dispostable

    24th Feb 2017 - 7:17 am

    Reading your comment about not leaving your drink unwatched.
    I was at a bar and someone working at the bar put something in my drink and my friends drink.
    It was a staff member that was trying to “take my friend home” and one of the staff on duty.
    All I can recall is being extremely dizzy and could not walk straight.
    My friend was quite incapacitated and somehow went to another bar with the two guys who did this afterwards.
    I can recall falling on the sidewalk a few times and being refused entry to a bar and lost track of my friend.
    I ended up at a restaurant down the street,not too sure what happened to my jacket.
    I was trying to call a taxi to go home and an older man in the restaurant walked up to me and asked if I was ok and needed any money and told me how he had kids my age and waited with me for a taxi to show up.
    I was extremely sick for the next few days and I did not even have half of a drink.
    Should have gone to the hospital instead of home, but did not think of that.

    • Theresa Bertuzzi

      24th Feb 2017 - 2:21 pm

      OMG!!! That is so scary!!!! It can happen so easily. So glad you ended up ok, but you could have been hurt or killed. Thank god you ran into a nice man instead of some creeper!!!!! XOX

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About Me

A hilarious view of life with multiple autoimmune disease and chronic illness. Lupus, Dermatomyositis, Myositis, Alopecia, Raynaud's Syndrome, Sjogren's Disease, Depression & Anxiety. I have it all and have learned to not only accept what come my way but to see the humour in all that life has to offer. If you know someone struggling with chronic illness please refer them to this blog. My hope is to brighten the days of those who need it the most and give hope that there is still a beautiful life to live even if it may be a little bit broken!

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