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Overdose Awareness: Concert in memory of his drug-killed son

Shaken by the death of his son, who died of a methamphetamine overdose, a Quebec man wants to open the eyes of consumers and avoid other tragedies by performing a tribute concert despite “endless mourning”.

“When we heard this news, it completely destroyed us. It was terrible, like we were hit with a sledgehammer between the eyes,” recalls Jean Simard, still emotional a little over a year after the death of his son Dominique Moisan.

A 39-year-old man died on May 22, 2021 after an overdose of methamphetamine while at home alone. A syringe of naloxone lay next to his body, a sign that he had tried in vain to save his life.

His body was not found until a few days after his death, when the landlord of his apartment realized that the smell of decay emanated from this place.

“We spoke to him the same day. He told us that he was going to have a quiet evening, which Putin would order. He seemed happy, Mr. Simar sighs. We never foresaw this. »

Many relapses

According to his father, Dominique Moisan used drugs for a very long time. In his youth, he started smoking cannabis, and then, among other substances, took GHB.

His parents, however, had no idea he was using methamphetamine, a drug he had been injecting for a month, according to a friend.

“It has been years since his mother, Susie Moisan, and I helped him in every possible way so that he could restore himself. But he often fell back into shallow water,” explains Jean Simard.

Although he refused to return to therapy for years, his son was going to see a professional weekly before he died. “We hoped he would find the right path,” Mr. Simar breathes.

Last goodbye

At his son’s funeral in July 2021, the 60-year-old member of the Connexion group promised Ms. Moisan to organize an event for International Overdose Awareness Day.

It is with this in mind that Mr. Simard will hold a concert in memory of his son on 27 August at LaScène Lebourgneuf. Organizations and former drug users will also come to testify to bring the issue to public attention.

“This is a way for us to grieve and prevent others from falling into this trap. We would like Dominic not to die in vain,” concludes the grieving father, who plans to eventually establish a foundation in his son’s name with the latter’s mother.

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