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The mothers of prescription overdose victims Donna Bertrand and Dustin King speak out

Donna Bertrand and Dustin King were found dead within days of each other in Ms. Bertrand's downtown Brockville apartment, lethal amounts of prescription pills in their bloodstreams.

An inquest into their deaths has tasked a five-person jury with trying to figure out what doctors, policy-makers, pharmacists and police should do in the face of growing prescription opioid abuse.

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September 25, 2002. Canadian author Terry Griggs latest book centres around a bride chasing her new husband around Ontario following him fleeing on their wedding night. (J.P. Moczulski/Globe & Mail)

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Dustin Toupin-Wiles who died of an overdose in 2008 when he was 19 years old.

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A photo of a photo of Donna Bertrand. Ms. Bertrant died of an overdose Dec. 2, 2008 -- days after 19-year-old Dustin King died of an OxyContin overdose in her apartment. An inquest into their deaths was ongoing June 2011 and heard closing arguments Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

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Hilda Bertrand stands outside the Brockville train station on Monday, June 27, 2011. Her daughter, Donna Bertrand, died of an overdose Dec. 2, 2008 -- days after 19-year-old Dustin King died of an OxyContin overdose in her apartment. An inquest into their deaths was ongoing June 2011 and heard closing arguments Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

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A photo of a photo of Donna Bertrand with her son. Ms. Bertrant died of an overdose Dec. 2, 2008 -- days after 19-year-old Dustin King died of an OxyContin overdose in her apartment. An inquest into their deaths was ongoing June 2011 and heard closing arguments Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

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Brenda Toupin-Wiles recounts details of the coroner's inquest into the death of her son at her home in Cardinal, Ont. on June 26, 2011. Justin died of an overdose at 19 in 2008. Ms. Toupin got a tattoo of a baby and adult picture of her son on her chest.

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Brenda Toupin-Wiles recounts details of the coroner's inquest into the death of her son at her home in Cardinal, Ont. on June 26, 2011. Justin died of an overdose at 19 in 2008. Ms. Toupin got a tattoo of a baby and adult picture of her son on her chest.

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