“Mature Minor Consent” in BC’s Infant Act violates Charter rights

“Mature minor consent” in BC’s Infants Act violates Charter rights to life, liberty, & security of person
Tragic overdose death of 16 year old whose doctors shut out parents from medical decisions

Tragic overdose death of 15 year old whose parents were not allowed to put her into treatment

Doctor David Harrison: “Internally, I was struggling,” he said. “Should I share and disclose this information to the parents?

BC Health Minister Dix: “I admire their courage in speaking out and expressing their frustrations but I think we have to take time to allow the evidence to come forward and be assessed independently,”

Father – Brock Eurchuk: “how many kids need to die while Adrian Dix and his government maintain their position?

Mother – Rachel Staples: “You can’t know what you’re doing when you have an addicted brain, and there’s no way a child should be making their own medical decisions when they’re in that state.”

April 2018 Oak Bay News article: “Dix says B.C. remains focused on fighting youth overdoses in wake of teen’s death:Elliot Eurchuk’s parents say he died at his Oak Bay home after taking street drug”

April 2018 Global news report & video: “In emotional Facebook post, Victoria mom says son’s fatal overdose started with prescription drugs

Elliot, being 16, was given full autonomy by the health care system to make his treatment decisions while specifically having my husband and I excluded from this information … this policy needs to be changed. Parents need a say in their child’s health care.

May 2018 Article and video in the Surrey Now Leader: “B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose: The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

June 2019 Global news report & video: “Father of Oak Bay teen overdose victim calls for more control over kids’ medical decisions” “What happened with Elliott, and this is a really cold phrase, he was a medically-induced, substance-dependent adolescent,” his father told Global News.

June 2018 Globe and Mail article and audio recording: “Rules on medical consent can make it difficult for parents to help

June 2019 Victoria News (BC) article: “Youth have privacy rights, doctor tells inquest into Oak Bay teen’s opioid death: Elliot Eurchuck dies of a drug overdose. He was found unresponsive in his bedroom in April 2018

Dr David Harrison: “Internally, I was struggling,” he said. “Should I share and disclose this information to the parents? Elliot has rights. On the other hand, there was a life at risk.”

June 2019 Victoria News report and video: Inquest jury begins deliberations into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death: Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

February 2018 Global News report and video: “After a 15-year-old’s opioid overdose death, BC looks at giving parents more rights

1998 Report by government ignored: “Diane Sowden’s daughter was on the street, pregnant and using heroin on the street 25 years ago. She tried to help her. And now, as the executive director of the Children of the Street Society, she is asking the government to give parents of children up to the age of 18 the right to intervene.”
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