Gwynevere Staddon’s mother “completely suspects” the teen’s death was caused by an overdose of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl.

Gwynevere Staddon’s mother “completely suspects” the teen’s death was caused by an overdose of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl.
Photo Credit: Provided by Veronica Staddon

Rehab too costly, teen dies of suspected overdose

Canada may be a wealthy country, but the waits are often long for those seeking public services to cope with addictions. This is at the heart of the story about 16-year-old Gwynevere Staddon who was found dead Sunday evening in the washroom of a coffee shop in the western town of Port Moody.

The opioid fentanyl suspected

While the coroner’s service has not determined the cause of the girl’s death, police found a small amount of drugs and paraphernalia with the body. The teen’s mother, Veronica Staddon told CBC news that she “completely suspects” her daughter’s death was caused by an overdose involving fentanyl.

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Staddon said her daughter had struggled with substance abuse for some time, but that she had recently said she had stopped using. Staddon had tried to get help for Gwynevere but she said public wait lists for rehab were long and she did not have the money to pay for a private clinic.

Teen knew fentanyl was on the street

The teen had told her mother that drug dealers were selling fentanyl, but she did not think she herself could overdose.

A public health emergency

Fentanyl is a very strong narcotic being sold illegally in many parts of Canada. There were so many overdose deaths linked to it in the western province of British Columbia that the province’s chief health officer declared a public health emergency in April.

B.C. and other provinces are taking steps to increase the availability of antidote kits and to warn the public of the dangers of using fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

A take-home kit provides drug users with an antidote to fentanyl and other opioids should they overdose.
A take-home kit provides drug users with an antidote to fentanyl and other opioids should they overdose. ©
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2 comments on “Rehab too costly, teen dies of suspected overdose
  1. Avatar gerald lanouette sr says:

    My deepest condolences to this child’s family and friends. This story is almost too difficult for me to read. In fact I haven’t read it yet, I will, but I know the story. Same thing happened to me, my child hasn’t died yet, but I have been holding my breath since my kids was 14. You try to step in and help your kid and our justice system tells you its up to the child to access treatment themselves. Its systemic abuse, negligent, and a dereliction of duty to the best interests of a minor.

    The system is stealing our kids, if child protection doesn’t grab them, the prison system has got them and, our school system has become, at best, a breeding ground for disconnecting our children from their family.

    How can anyone believe youth under 18 can be responsible for making decisions that adults can’t even get a grip on because of a weak, band aid approach to addiction services and treatment.

    Too many pimps getting rich off the backs of our children. This includes those in justice and the social service industry. At least 20 people in my chil’s case were driving around in brand new cars poo-pooing on everything I tried to do to help my child.

    These fools walk around with a holy attitude and aren’t accountable for their negligent abhorrent behavior when it comes to supporting families. Getting justice is a thing of the past, just a pipe dream.

    Totally corrupt social/justice system, that hinges on conspiratorial. Need an Inquiry, but it would only be whitewashed. Need accountability, but they just thumb their noses at us.

  2. Avatar Peter Ashcroft says:

    Drug dealers and manslaughter? Need to prosecute all drug dealers for ‘possible unintended manslaughter’ and imprison them for a limited period of time to break the link with their ‘customers’.