Marion McConnell’s son did all the things that most kids do – he was an active, young man. One night, he overdosed on heroin. At the hospital, the police questioned him like they were criminals. Unfortunately, this frightened him away from the help that was available and he overdosed again. This time he was on his own. Marion thinks her son’s death was avoidable if it had been treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. She wants the law to change and improved access to treatment and support so that we can do all we can to keep our kids alive.
“They were doing the job that the law had told them to do. But the law was wrong.”