Update: the mother of Elliot Eurchuk, the student who overdosed, has spoken out on Facebook, claiming that his death was related to past opioid prescriptions.
Parents of students at Oak Bay High School received a letter on Friday afternoon containing tragic information:
One of the school’s Grade 11 students died of a suspected drug overdose on the morning of April 20th.
Reportedly, sixteen-year-old Elliot Eurchuk died at his home after taking street drugs his parents believe he was using to help him sleep.
According to the letter, Eurchuck attended both Oak Bay High School and previously Mount Douglas Secondary School.
School Staff to Provide Information and Resources
The BC Coroners Service confirmed that they’re in the “very early stages” of an investigation involving a male teenager.
Oak Bay High School staff will reportedly be sharing the news of the student’s death on Monday as well as provide resources to their classes during the first period on Monday.
The Greater Victoria School District Critical Response Team will also be at Oak Bay High School this week to provide additional counselling support for students.
Kids Help Phone offers 24/7 counselling online at kidshelpphone.ca or by phone 1-800-668-6868.
The 24-hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line offers text-based-support at 250-800-3806, online chat at vicrisis.ca and phone services at 1-888-494-3888.