LISA MACLEOD CONTINUES OPIOID AWARENESS CAMPAIGN BY DEDICATING BILL TO OVERDOSE VICTIM NICK CODY
Family of Nick Cody on Hand to Support More Resources for Education and Awareness
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Tuesday, October 03, 2017
In 2006 fourteen year old Nick Cody and his family met with Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod requesting help for a drug addiction. Finding treatment and awareness campaigns lacking the Cody family watched as their son continued to use dangerous drugs and fall further into addiction. Sadly, a few years later, an overdose took Nick’s life.
Today, with Nick Cody’s family- his mother Natalie, father Steve and brother Darren- MacLeod introduced a bill in his memory, Nick’s Law, which aims to raise awareness on dangerous opioids through the Province of Ontario’s Bulk Advertising Strategy.
“We don’t want other families to experience the loss we’ve had to endure because of dangerous drugs like fentanyl and other opioids. We very much hope Nick’s Law passes and the Ontario government invests in advertising that could prevent other teenagers from taking this dangerous path,” said the Cody’s who are currently on the board of We the Parents, an grassroots advocacy group which advocates prevention by increased education and awareness of the dangers surrounding opioid use.
“Opioid overdoses are preventable and with more awareness and education youth will have a better understanding of how lethal opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil. Nick’s Law proposes allocating 10 per cent of the Ontario Government’s $57 Million advertising budget into the fight against fentanyl and other dangerous opioids,” added MacLeod.
MPP MacLeod will introduce Nick’s Law on Tuesday, October 3 and the bill will be debated in the Ontario Legislature on Thursday, October 5th.
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