Sunday October 01, 2017
Laced with fentanyl: A mother is shocked by her teenage son's overdose
more stories from this episode
- Fentanyl users talk addiction, overdose and how friends and family are 'dropping like flies'
- Laced with fentanyl: A mother is shocked by her teenage son's overdose
- 'Nobody is safe' from fentanyl crisis, says Indigenous doctor
- A father fears for his drug-using daughter's life every day
- 'I don't give naloxone very often,' paramedic says of handling opioid overdoses
- One front line worker asks friends to call her when they use alone
- Doctor's orders: Husband speaks out about his wife's fatal fentanyl prescription
- Full Episode
Marie Agioritis went to Calgary with her husband, leaving her 17-year-old son Kelly in Saskatoon, home alone for the first time. It was the beginning of 2015, and Kelly was training for an electrical apprenticeship.
While his mother was out of town, Kelly visited his older brother Kayle's apartment the night after New Year's Day. Kayle was addicted to opioids and helped Kelly obtain a pill, which he thought was OxyContin.
Kelly snorted half of the crushed pill at his brother's and took the other half home with him.
It was pure fentanyl.
Soon after, Marie received a call from her ex-husband and Kelly's father, informing her that Kelly had overdosed and died.
"I know that Kayle didn't think that he was serving something up to his brother that was going to kill him. He never thought in a million years, obviously, that that would happen," she said.
"When you watch one of your other children suffer with addiction and make horrible, horrible decisions...Kayle had overdosed, I don't know how many times. And not for a second did I think that I would be getting a phone call telling me that Kelly was dead."