The shy and athletic 16-year-old Eliot Eurchuk died from an overdose last year. “He was testing positive for opiates but that wasn’t brought to our attention,” said Brock Eurchuk. After several sports injuries, Elliot became addicted to opioids, but his parents didn’t know. Provincial legislation blocked his doctor’s from telling his family about his drug addiction. His father, Brock, found Elliot dead, with a fatal mix of fentanyl, cocaine, and meth in his system last April. “That was 434 days ago. It’s time to move on this,” said Brock. The recent inquest into Elliot’s death made a series of recommendations for B.C.’s Ministry of Health:
- Transitioning youth suffering from substance abuse from hospitals into the community
- Streamlining youth access to residential substance abuse treatments centers
- Create more long term substance abuse treatment facilities for youth.