Mother pushes for change after teenage daughter’s overdose death

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Brenda Doherty says she did everything she could to try to save her 15-year-old daughter’s life, but gaps in the system designed to help youth struggling with addiction contributed to her death.

Squamish teenager Steffanie Georgina-Anne Lawrence died of a fentanyl overdose Jan. 22, two days after she was released from Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.

According to Doherty, three days before Steffanie’s death, the family’s doctor had signed a Mental Health Act Form 4 that requested Steffanie be involuntarily held for her own safety if admitted to hospital.

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