The Ottawa protests might be over, for now, but the protesters’ stories have all just begun. For one mom, she’s not just fighting vaccine mandates but the man she says killed her sons with tyrannical lockdown measures.
While speaking with a YouTuber, the unidentified mother stood next to a photo of her son. She explained how lockdown measures killed her son.
“This is my son Jake,” she said, pointing to the picture. “He was 34 years old, he died January 1, new year’s day of 2021. His little girl turned a year old on Christmas eve, he died at home of a fentanyl overdose, his cocaine was poisoned with fentanyl. He had been in recovery, he had been working, he had been having a really good year, one of the best years he’d had in a long time. And then these shutdowns came along, and then no more work, no more gyms, no more AA meetings.”
Her loss didn’t end there.
“Seven months later I lost my older son, 36 years old, the same thing, a fentanyl overdose. His job was gone, couldn’t leave the house. This is what Trudeau has done. This is what these lockdowns have done.”
— Viva Frei (@thevivafrei) February 9, 2022
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of June 2020, 13% of Americans reported starting or increasing substance use as a way of coping with stress or emotions related to COVID-19. Overdoses have also spiked since the onset of the pandemic. A reporting system called ODMAP shows that the early months of the pandemic brought an 18% increase nationwide in overdoses compared with those same months in 2019. The trend has continued throughout 2020, according to the American Medical Association, which reported in December that more than 40 U.S. states have seen increases in opioid-related mortality along with ongoing concerns for those with substance use disorders.