Last month, Canadian mother Sherri Kent received a devastating phone call: her son Michael was in hospital on life support.
“You know, it doesn’t really click in that this is real and this is happening,” she tells CBC. “They tell you that your boy is never going to wake up.”
Michael was 22 years old. His mother describes him as a kind and trusting person.
“Michael had a compassion for everybody,” she says. “He’d give you the shirt off his back. He was that type of child.”
Michael is believed to have died from an overdose of the drug fentanyl, a powerful painkiller. “My son was not an addict,” Kent wrote on Facebook. “He made a mistake that cost him his life.”