B.C. Coroners Service Announces to Inquest Overdose Death at Treatment Centre

The mother of 20-year-old Brandon Jansen, Michelle, has openly welcomed the coroner’s inquest into the death of her son at a B.C substance-abuse treatment centre due to an overdose of fentanyl at March 7. B.C. Coroners Service mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday that it will hold a public inquest into Jensen’s death.

In response to the announcement, Michelle stated that “I think it’s excellent” and elucidated that “they chose my son’s death to do the inquest because it’s an example of a typical suburban teenager who got addicted to fentanyl and ultimately lost his life in a high-end treatment centre.” According to Michelle, she paid $40,000 a month to put Brandon in the treatment centre where he died and she spent overall $200,000 on his treatment. According to Michelle, “the coroners — they’re the ones that are seeing the tragedy and the travesty that’s happening,” adding that “they’re at a loss, too, so I welcome the inquest, I welcome the information that is going to be brought forward and changes.”

The coroner’s inquest is set to begin on Jan. 16, 2017 at the BCCS courtroom in Burnaby. Presiding coroner, Michael Egilson, and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses under oath. According to Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe, the inquest will bring experts to speak publicly in front of the jury about solutions to the overdose crisis. Lapointe mentioned that “we don’t often take drug-overdose deaths to inquest,” adding that “they’re all investigated and at times the coroners have made recommendations over the years, but the Jansen family has been very public about the challenges that their son faced and very supportive of an inquest.”

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