Adam's 1st anniversary of passing 

Pictured with brother James

The hope for the Pouliot family in their tragic loss of Adam is to raise public awareness of the Pandemic Fentanyl Health Crisis.

By starting the conversation and helping to remove the stigma around substance use, they hope for more compassion and understanding for those who are struggling.


Ultimately the family would like to see more support and education, to see an end to the failed 'war on drugs' that has clearly not worked, and to see harm reduction strategies in place. 

It can happen to anyone's child or loved one. The hope is that it won't happen to you. ​​

Global News, October 16, 2016 A group of mothers who have all lost loved ones to the fentanyl crisis say much more needs to be done. 
Global News reported on the first Moms Stop the Harm meeting in Summerland. "MSTH is not a support group, it is a grassroots movement for change"

​Leo and Melanie attended this inaugural meeting

Adam is pictured at the Hillside Cemetery standing on the very spot where his memorial stone now lays. He was playing a song he had composed for Marc 

Moms Stop the Harm is a network of Canadian mothers who have lost children to drug misuse, and who now advocate for drug policy reforms based on science and human rights. The goal is to reduce all harms for people associated with problematic substance use. The overriding dynamic is to end the failed and tragic 'war on drugs' perpetrated by governments all over the world.


Adam's parents are members​ with their bio posted on Members page

Naloxone is now carried by first responders in some communities and take-home kits are routinely handed out at hospitals. Health Minister Terry Lake announced in August that kits are now also available at all pharmacies without a prescription. Melanie and Leo are encouraging everyone to pick up a kit, because you never know when you could use it to save a life.

This video is in memory of Adam

Prepared for his memorial service August 13th, 2016

Adam composed this song for his brother Marc on what would have been his 32nd Birthday.  

Recorded December 11, 2015

On this page there are links to articles, news press & sites that Adam's family have been part of and may provide support and information for those who are interested.  

Vernon Info News September 10, 2016

Heartbroken parents speak out after fentanyl crisis claims life of Vernon man

They have to choke back tears to do it, but [MSTH] Melanie and Leo Pouliot persist in telling the story of how a fentanyl-laced drug killed their son this summer in Vernon. They hope you’ll read their story. They don't want you going through it, too.

October 24, 2016

'Thriving in Surviving' (navigating life through the loss of 2 children)

Volume 1 Issue 1:  The Encounter is written in this issue -   A special moment in time that happened the day before Adam's memorial. 

Adam's dad shared this story at the service on August 13th, 2016

July 27, 2017

'Thriving in Surviving' (navigating life through the loss of 2 children)

Volume 1 Issue 3:  The Memorial Stone has been written as a request by a friend of ours.

Sun Peaks Independent News, September 5, 2016
Fentanyl epidemic hits home: Tragedy prompts local couple to speak up

On July 27, Leo and Melanie Pouliot [who have now joined MSTH] of Sun Peaks received the phone call every parent dreads. Their son had unexpectedly passed away. After 10 long days of waiting, the toxicology report confirmed their fears— Adam’s cause of death was a fentanyl-laced drug overdose.

December 6th, 2016

​'Thriving in Surviving' (navigating life through the loss of 2 children)

Volume 1 Issue 2:  Compassion is needed  - in this issue is  my response to a insensitive comment to one of the articles written in the news

Adam was born June 11, 1990 in Kamloops, BC

His untimely passing was on July 27th, 2016 at the young age of 26

This page is dedicated to my son Adam Pouliot

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