“Let me show you a picture of my daughter,” Carolyn Weems said as she stood at the podium and wept. The Virginia Beach School Board member recounted how chronic pain and sports-related injuries led her daughter, a high school soccer star with a scholarship and bright future, from prescription painkillers to heroin and a cycle of rehab and relapse.
Caitlyn was clean for 14 months when her daughter was born but relapsed in April 2013. At 21 years old, she died on the bathroom floor of a clean-living facility, leaving behind a 3-year-old daughter and parents still seeking answers.
“Even though it has been months since we lost our daughter, every day it’s fresh and it hurts,” Weems said. “I do not want another family to have to go through this.”