An image of a mother helplessly lying on a hospital bed with her dying son has swept the world on social media. This Canadian mother shared the post to send an important message to mothers and their sons and daughters that THIS could be them.
Her son overdosed on fentanyl. In the post, she writes:
“I just want everyone to know that my son Michael overdosed on fentanyl. My son was not an addict he made a mistake that cost him his life. I just want to make everyone aware of the epidemic that’s going on right now that’s killing 5-7 people in every city in Canada.”
She goes on to say that she’s lost her son to this horrifying drug, and really wants everyone to know that this isn’t just her son’s tragedy. It can be anyone’s worst nightmare. He was only 22 years old.
Fentanyl can be mistaken for heroin. However, it’s much more dangerous. The high is quick and strong. Heroin highs can last hours, while fentanyl can last only a few minutes. It’s because the drug is mixed with an unknown amount of heroin, marijuana and other drugs. No one knows for sure what is in it when they are using it. That’s what makes it so risky.
People are using fentanyl without even knowing it, and yes, addicts and non-addicts. Some people take the chance because of peer pressure, and they have no idea what they are really using is the deadlier form of heroin. Addicts are at a higher risk because they are often using what they buy off whatever dealer is available, and no one really knows what the drugs are made up of when sold. And when you don’t know what’s in it, you don’t know if you’re taking too much – a deadly dose.
What to Do About the Epidemic
This epidemic is killing innocent people around the world. We’re surrounded by people dying every single day because of overdose. It needs to end.
At Michigan Counseling Group, we are committed to helping addicts start and remain in recovery. Our services offer a full suite of recovery services that can keep people addicted to drugs in the community clean and productive.
Testing: With regular alcohol and drug testing, we are able to keep people accountable for their actions. These services can be used by the court or for personal use, making it perfect for parole offices and parents.
Counseling: The underlying roots of drug addiction lie in not only biological causes, but emotional and mental ones as well. Counseling provides support, guidance, and education to help undercover the reasons why people turn to drugs, so they can learn better coping mechanisms.
License Restoration in Michigan: Losing a license can be a devastating experience for someone who is trying to get his/her life back while in addiction recovery. At Michigan Counseling Group, we help people get their life back for a low price. We believe in second chances, and with your license back. You can have that second change.
GPS Monitoring: GPS monitoring is another service we highly recommend. This can help parents, loved ones, and parole officers keep track of those who are having a difficult time staying on track. With this, boundaries can be set with alerts to keep people on the right path.
Please contact us for more information on alcohol and drug testing, counseling, license restoration in Michigan, and GPS monitoring. We’re hoping to help as many people as possible NOT become like the mother and son mentioned above.