Heather Mullan and Daniel Snyder have both personal and professional experience dealing with overdose cases. (File)

Carson Crimeni

Langley teen’s death having a lasting impact

Experts offer personal and professional insight into coping with drug deaths among young people

For those with experience in drug overdose cases, the death of someone as young as Carson Crimeni is hard to grasp.

Heather Mullan, a Walnut Grove resident who established a support group for parents of overdose victims, lives near the skate park where Carson was found.

“I drive by it [the skate park] every day, and I want to cry,” Mullan shared.

“He’s not even in his adult years. He’s lost the life ahead of him and [his family] have lost that time.”

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After her daughter, Amelia, died from a drug overdose, Mullan set up a chapter of GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing), a support group for parents and loved ones who have had family members and friends die as a result of drug misuse, overdose, or addiction.

News of Carson’s passing, especially reports that his overdose was recorded on video and distributed online, has been a triggering event for members of the support group, including Mullan.

“My initial reaction was grief for the family and the horrendousness of it,” Mullan told the Langley Advance Times.

“I’m feeling such anger for them.”

Mullan plans to reach out to the family, to offer assistance.

“Just to say that it’s a terrible thing, and though you may not want to talk to me now, down the road, I can offer some grief support.”

GRASP meets once a month, usually the first Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 206 of the Cloverdale Recreation Centre at 6188 176th St.

For more information, email grasplangleysurreyfraservalley@gmail.com or phone 604-616-4800.

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Daniel Snyder was attending a meeting of the Langley Overdose Response Community Action Table on Thursday, when he learned about Carson’s death.

His immediate reaction was “sadness and grief for the family.”

According to Snyder, a project and peer coordinator with the community action table, overdose deaths among youth are rare and often involve fentanyl, the synthetic opioid responsible for a steep rise in fatal drug overdoses.

“In almost every case [of a fatal overdose involving a young person], the individual doesn’t know fentanyl has been added,” Snyder observed.

Last year, of 18 fatal drug overdoses involving youth in B.C., 14 involved fentanyl.

Snyder explained fentanyl became popular because, as a synthetic, it is easier to make than heroin, “smaller and easier to smuggle” with a higher profit margin.

People need to be educated about the hazards posed by fentanyl, Snyder recommended.

“This was not something we were discussing five years ago.”

In his view, the public needs to be encouraged to call 9-1-1, and people should be aware that Naloxone kits to treat overdoses can picked up for free at most pharmacies.

“Just tell them that you may come in contact with an overdose,” Snyder said.

Snyder also referred to the Good Samaritan Law, in Canada, a law that protects a rescuer who has voluntarily helped a victim in distress from being successfully sued for wrongdoing.

There was a sudden surge of interest in a course to train people how to deal with overdoses after Carson’s death was reported.

“It was sold out,” Snyder related.

“We had to cap it at 100 people.” More are planned, he added.

Langley Overdose Response Community Action Table is a committee of community residents, health professionals, people with lived experience, first responders, police, doctors, and local agencies including the Lookout Housing Society, Friends Langley Vineyard, We All Play a ROLE, Kimz Angels, Langley Division of Family Practice, Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society, and MOMS Stop the Harm.

It is planning an event for international overdose awareness day for Friday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot of Langley Vineyard at 5708 Glover Rd.

Naloxone training and education in harm reduction will be offered.

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