EASTERN PASSAGE - The mother of a young man who died of a drug overdose in 2012 said sheâs happy police have laid charges against a suspect, but said sheâs angry it took a complaint against police to get the investigation moving.
Ryan Good, 21, was found unresponsive in an Eastern Passage home on Dec.10, 2012 and pronounced dead in hospital.
On Wednesday, police charged Goodâs aunt, 44-year-old Leah Bordage, with trafficking hydromorphone.
âYou feel odd, because itâs at the expense of your sonâs death that this happiness is coming from,â Trine Lise Good, Ryanâs mother, said on Wednesday.
âItâs like âWow, this is what makes me happy now?â
No charges were initially laid in Goodâs death due to âinsufficient evidence,â said Insp. Trish MacCormack of the RCMP/ Halifax Regional Police criminal investigation division.
She said new information came to light after Ms. Good filed a complaint over the police handling of the case last August.
Ryan Goodâs file was re-opened and MacCormack said a review of all the evidence led to Wednesdayâs charges.
Good said sheâd asked police immediately to lay charges, claiming a relative had admitted to sharing Dilaudid with Ryan.
âThatâs trafficking, and thatâs what Iâve said all along and no one listened until I filed a complaint,â she said.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Amy Graves, an advocate against prescription drug abuse, said the resistance Ms.Good encountered from police shows the need for better education about the relatively new charge of trafficking in connection with a prescription medication overdose.
âNo loved one should have to investigate their own son or daughterâs death,â Graves said.
Good said she hopes that police officers will start to treat all overdoses as suspicious until proven otherwise.
âIâve done what I can so far,â Good said. âNow itâs time for me to concentrate on my family and Ryan.â
Bordage is set to appear in court on May 7 and the public complaint investigation is still ongoing.