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Preying on rehab patients

A mother is sounding the alarm after her son's death in the Fraser Valley.

Maria Ordenana says drug dealers are preying on rehab patients after her son, Rashid, walked away from a Langley clinic and was found overdosing in a parking lot nearby.

“My son told me there was always dealers outside facilities waiting for the patients," Ordenana told CTV. "They know these patients are in recovery and they're addicts, and they are looking for them."

"My son just crossed the street and got some drugs and went back to the facility," she said.

Rashid was a patient at The Cottage, a 25-bed psychiatric unit at Langley Memorial Hospital. But his mother says drugs were just as easy to get around a facility he was previously at in Surrey. 

RCMP say they're aware of the problem and have received complaints in the past. They urge people to report suspicious activity so they can respond to it. 

"Now it's my son. Tomorrow it's going to be someone else's son," Ordenana said.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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