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How to talk to your kids about drug abuse, from a Kanata mom and pharmacist

The following was written by Kanata mom Shelita Dattani (above), who is the associate director of professional development at the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association. She also works part time as a pharmacist at the West Carleton Pharmasave in Carp and at Northwest Telepharmacy Solutions.

It was originally shared on our sister site, OttawaStart.com.

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I’ve been troubled by the events in Kanata this past week and we’ve been talking as a family about the opioid crisis in this country and how it is right in our backyards, affecting our community, our kids. Continue reading


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LINKED: A Kanata dad’s brutally honest letter about his daughter and drug abuse

(PHOTO: Sean O’Leary with his son, Ronan, inside the family store MYHome Furniture in Kanata. O’Leary says he is trying to give his children as normal a life as possible as his daughter struggles with drug addiction. Photo by Devyn Barrie/OttawaStart.com.)

UPDATE: O’Leary has launched a web site to connect parents of teens with drug addictions: www.wetheparents.ca

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From our sister site, OttawaStart.com:

“My first thought every morning is to check that Paige is alive,” writes Kanata dad Sean O’Leary in a letter that’s been circulating in recent days on Facebook and through e-mail.

“I want people to start talking,” he said. “We’re just the tip of the iceberg.”O’Leary, whose daughter Paige is addicted to drugs, told OttawaStart.com he sent the letter to a group of parents in similar situations after Kanata teen Chloe Kotval, 14, died of a drug overdose on Valentine’s Day. Continue reading


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