Fentanyl overdose victim lives with brain damage

Fentanyl overdose victim lives with brain damage

Amanda Wright, a fentanyl overdose victim from Pitt Meadows, B.C., now lives with permanent brain damage and requires full-time care. The Wrights’ story shows there are many other overdose victims — those who are still alive, but whose brains are forever altered.

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  1. Brandi on November 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Always carry narcan if you use or you have a loved one that uses. It might make a difference.

  2. waypoint zero on November 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Young people make mistakes the dealers are making money off of young people’s mistakes. Thank you for sharing your story I’m sorry I am so mad at the dealers that do this the kids. And I’m sorry I’m mad at the pressure young people have in their social life.

  3. Donna B on November 13, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Addiction does not discriminate. I am glad they at3e speaking out and talking about it. Recovery is a life long battle.

  4. Angus Tate on November 13, 2021 at 10:04 am

    For someone with brain damage she comes across quite lucid and healthy. Not to dispute her struggles, just to say she still has a lot to be grateful for and I’m glad shes not too far gone.

  5. Jonathan Rubio on November 13, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Thank God? Thank Dog 🐕!

  6. Vilhelmo De Okcidento on November 13, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Legalize and regulate all drugs so that things like this do not happen.

  7. Cody Lee on November 13, 2021 at 10:05 am

    How can you have an inteview and not shut your damn dogs up?

  8. James Robinson on November 13, 2021 at 10:07 am

    You are lucky you still have your daughter I do not h as be my son I would have been glad to have him in any condition

  9. Raven Heart on November 13, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Such a sad issue , they need to find out what brings a person to this conclusion , where does it start ? There is a starting point and that’s where they need to start so this doesn’t have to happen to anyone

  10. Sport Trolling on November 13, 2021 at 10:08 am

    When some one said here try this you said Ok instead of No.

  11. makeouthill on November 13, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Lol druggie

  12. terry turns on November 13, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Since my brain injury 3 years ago I cant protect myself. I cant take it anymore how do I protect myself

  13. Merlin Krisp on November 13, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Why doesn’t the CBC do a report on the family that created OxyContin and lied to everyone about its addictiveness wile making billions of dollars off the pain and suffering of millions of people around the world?

  14. drones r us on November 13, 2021 at 10:13 am

    It’s the mothers fault sounds like shes a real winner of a mother

  15. Rob Bob34 on November 13, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Thank God for family ❤️

  16. the Phoenixx x on November 13, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Hi Amanda and her mom, pls add me on Instagram Id love to connect with you privately. My insta is crevarkellychristina. I am also a person who has suffered fentanyl overdose my experience happened IN the hospital, ironically AFTER I woke from a coma, both of which I have been very lucky to have survived. I am also permanently damaged from this experience- despite being inpatient and the mistake flagged to the prescribing doctor right away, I was denied care and not administered any meds to reverse effects or help me cope with a fatal level overdose, on top of which I was also administered morphine bolus in my IV. I cannot discuss all the detail publicly yet but hope to at some point. I have had success with some treatments and am still being denied medical care for health conditions I was born with that are genetic. I understand there are many reasons a person would be offered fentanyl or choose to use it; Id appreciate you adding me on Instagram I have a private account. Id very much like to msg with you as well as show you info about how I have coped and hope that your recovery continues. It looks very much you are working hard at recovery and I do know he unhelpful the medical system is in many ways. My dog also has saved my life more than once. His name is Thor and he is truly my best friend I am so grateful for his love and his care to me. I appreciate you sharing your story this is truly an amazing miracle. I hope to hear from you soon. God Bless you and sending prayers of love and continued healing your way. 💖

  17. Reza Shah on November 13, 2021 at 10:17 am

    She chose to take drugs and alcohol

  18. Beatrice Lutchmiah on November 13, 2021 at 10:18 am


  19. Tuner Things on November 13, 2021 at 10:18 am

    overdose "VICTIM"????

  20. Merlin Krisp on November 13, 2021 at 10:19 am

    This is 100% the fault of the pharmaceutical companies and that family that created the opioids selling them as non addictive when they knew they where extremely addictive.
    I hope she has a full recovery 🙏🏻❤️

  21. Tony Santa on November 13, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Overdose is scary. I’ve done it right where I’m sitting now jut yesterday. Woke up to the police and paramedics.

  22. Rohit Khosla on November 13, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Addiction is damn difficult. I find it hard to stop smoking…

  23. Bee Storm on November 13, 2021 at 10:21 am

    This dog’s are hero’s

  24. Dani L. on November 13, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I just don’t understand why she has brain damage. If the Mom started CPR manoeuvers right away , and so giving her breaths (so oxygen), so why was there brain damage ? Anyways, had the mother have Narcan (naloxone) in her home , this would have been a different story , with NO brain damage, so to EVERYONE out there that lives with ANYONE on ANY opioids or opiates, you NEED to carry many doses of naloxone, because you just never know who can get their hands on them and overdose !! Well , at least she’s fonctional , some people with brain damage because of an overdose, are quadraplegics and can’t even talk anymore , so her mother’s CPR did do her good in the end , hope she becomes COMPLETELY fonctional eventually…

  25. Dan Ds on November 13, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Thank God? Reverse that word

  26. Amanda M-Godin on November 13, 2021 at 10:29 am

    She had some brain damage before the incident hence why it happened in the first place 😒

  27. Liberty seventeenseventysix on November 13, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Little out of the box method here, & this is coming from someone who was addicted to fentanyl and countless other drugs themselves.

    A new study from the University of California, Davis has found that psychedelic drugs such as LSD and DMT promote neural plasticity and development, indicating a potential mechanism for their therapeutic benefits.

    Patients who suffer from depression and post-traumatic-stress-disorder tend to have impaired neurogenesis and neuroplasticity – their brain cells grow more slowly and are less adaptable. These structural changes can lead to atrophy of various brain regions, including the hippocampus (which is involved in learning and memory) and the prefrontal cortex (which mediates personality and decision-making).

    LSD helped me. Do it right. Be smart. Help your mind after you defeat the demon of addiction.
    Microdosing mind you. Don’t run off and get a buzz from the stuff.

  28. eileen locke on November 13, 2021 at 10:33 am

    That’s dogs there awesome and loyal

  29. eileen locke on November 13, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Very sad

  30. Stephanie Parker on November 13, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Addiction and mental health issues are connected. Seems the US of A does all it can to reduce mental health budgets. Prisions are the mental health facilities we have in abundance.

  31. jey da on November 13, 2021 at 10:35 am

    They locked Blacks up for the same drugs that Whites are now using and it’s a National Health Crisis — utter B.S. Lock the brain dead junky in prison.

  32. Weeb Ygg on November 13, 2021 at 10:36 am

    at least the brain damage got her off drugs lol

  33. Ivana Notyers on November 13, 2021 at 10:38 am

    As long as I don’t have to pay for her problem…. oh wait.

  34. Alex Ced on November 13, 2021 at 10:38 am

    She’s like, my brain doesn’t work the same after fentanyl. It sounds like it was never working in the first place for trying fentanyl.

  35. Laurie Lewis on November 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Woman has no sense. Put the dog outside.

  36. Don Solis on November 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

    When you connect to any animal in an humane way, they will have your back if you listen.

  37. Matt Ewing on November 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Thank god for mans best friend.

  38. JoJo Ber on November 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Very sad

  39. NyxErebus on November 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Not a victim. This was self inflicted. No sympathy.

  40. state2state on November 13, 2021 at 10:41 am

    That’s crazy I od on fent like 2 weeks ago n my mom saved me cuz my dogs kept barkin at 3am for no reason

  41. Botan on November 13, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Look at all the angels in the comments. This is just someone sharing the consequences of their mistake but you people hide behind your anonymity and tear them down.

    She’s human and humans make mistakes.

  42. Joseph C on November 13, 2021 at 10:45 am

    "Now Billy momma want the judge to pardon his addiction
    How many black addicts that got caught up in the system
    With no sob stories on your prime time television, I can smell a blatant contradiction. "

  43. Honor on November 13, 2021 at 10:47 am

    rip lil peep

  44. White Ice not nice on November 13, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Sounds about white 💊💉😂😳😰🤢😵

  45. Crystal Texas on November 13, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I don’t feel sorry for her one bit. I call it luck that she’s even alive. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  46. fresatx on November 13, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Buy the ticket… Take the ride.

  47. St. George Floyd And The Fellowship Of Fentanyl on November 13, 2021 at 10:53 am

    sheeeiittt mayne dis iz exacly wat happend to me

  48. Eric Dahl on November 13, 2021 at 10:54 am

    dogs are awesome though, they really saved her

  49. Beanzo79 on November 13, 2021 at 10:54 am

    I know I have brain damage from my 2 fent od’s. A few days ago i went in supermarket and when I came out I had no idea where I was and how I got there. It’s not the 1st time but it’s only happened since my last od 3 years ago. I’m not the same anymore and I’m only 40yrs old..

  50. Angus Tate on November 13, 2021 at 10:56 am

    You people in the comments. Jeez. I could understand shoveling out some hate if they were asking for sympathy or charity but I didnt get that vibe at all here. Also I highly suspect that youtube would have recommended this to so many people angry at addicts. Almost like people sought it out and left nasty comments to vent their rage.

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