An emotional moment was immortalized in picture as Sherri Kent climbed into a hospital bed beside her 22-year-old son, Michael, who was dying. The Calgary, Alberta mother posted the picture to Facebook with a warning.
Michael was hospitalized after an overdose of fentanyl, a man-made opioid. Opioids act on receptors in the brain to produce morphine-like pain relief. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and for those addicted to pain relievers, it is very dangerous.
According to Narocon.org, there is only a slight difference between a therapeutic dose and a deadly dose. Those abusing Fentanyl may quickly discover a tolerance for high doses, and may need to rapidly increase their dose to create the desired effect.
As for Sherri Kent, she wants to warn others about the drug.
“My son was not an addict he made a mistake that cost him his life,” she writes in the emotional post. “I just want to make everyone aware of the epidemic that’s goin[sic] on right now that’s killing 5-7 people a day in every city in Canada.”
Kent says the problem is “out of control” and in order to protect children from it, parents must warn them of the dangers of drug use.
“I’ve lost my son to this horrible tragedy and want to make parents aware that it can happen to anyone … Please share this with your family and friends to help prevent another tragedy,” Kent Writes.
According to Narconon.org, “As with any opiate, the main symptoms of fentanyl abuse are euphoria, drowsiness, lethargy and mellowness.
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