A Washington father is hoping to change legislation when it comes to drug addiction after his teen daughter passed away from a heroin overdose.
Scott Meyers did everything he could to get his 18-year-old daughter, Rachel, to stop using heroin. He even tried getting her arrested, KLXY reported.
He described Rachel as a caring person who went out of her way to help other people.
“For example I was picking her up at NorthTown, calling her on the cell phone, ‘Where are you at? Why are you not out front where you are supposed to be?’” Meyers told KLXY. “She finally picked up the phone and said, ‘Dad, I’m helping an old lady with her bags down to the bus stop.’”
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Meyers believes his daughter started using heroin to self-medicate after she was assaulted during a concert at the Gorge. He tried taking Rachel to rehab, but Washington State law gives teens their own health care rights.
“They have the right to say yes or no to their own medical care and so once they're 13, you can't force them to get treatment for substance abuse,” he said.
Meyers then resorted to other methods to try and help her daughter. One day, he found Rachel passed out on her bed surrounded by syringes. He took pictures of her, hoping police would arrest her for drug possession.
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“If she gets arrested and put in jail, then I know where she is every night and I know she's not doing drugs,” Meyers explained.
Authorities never arrested Rachel. If they had, she would have been forced into rehab through court order, according to KLXY.
On March 30, Meyers got a phone call from paramedics informing him that his daughter had passed away from a drug overdose.
“I went to give her a kiss on her forehead and her eyes were open and that's something that will never ever leave me,” Meyers said. “To look into the lifeless eyes of your own daughter.”
Meyers says he blames himself for Rachel’s death. He is now fighting for the creation of locked down rehab centers.
“My goal is to go forward and change the legislation,” Meyers explained. “I figure, it's a cliché but if I can save one child's life, you know what I mean? And keep one parent from through what I've done then I feel I've had a modicum of success.”