Opioid Addiction: A Deadly Dosage Part II

Opioid Addiction: A Deadly Dosage Part II


(ANITA) 10 ON YOUR SIDE CONTINUES OUR IN DEPTH LOOK AT THE OPIOID CRISIS – WITH WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE DEATH OF A LOCAL 21 YEAR OLD. EARLIER TONIGHT AT 6 – HER MOTHER HAD WARNINGS AND ADVICE FOR OTHER PARENTS WHO THINK THEIR CHILDREN CAN NEVER BECOME ADDICTED. (TOM) NOW WE LOOK AT HER MOTIVATION AND THE HEART-WRENCHING STORY BEHIND THAT MESSAGE. CAITLYN WEEMS WAS A POPULAR STUDENT AND SOCCER PLAYER AT BAYSIDE AND FIRST COLONIAL HIGH SCHOOLS. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER CHRIS HORNE HAS MORE ON CAITLYN’S PATH FROM TAKING PRESCRIPTION PAIN KILLERS TO SHOOTING HEROIN. LAST WEEK WE TALKED WITH PEOPLE WHO BECAME ADDICTED BUT WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO RECOVERY. MANY PEOPLE DO NOT. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CAITLYN WEEMS SHOWS US THE RELENTLESS GRIP OF ADDICTION. HER DEADLY DOSAGE — AND HER MOTHER’S GRIEF — BEGAN YEARS BEFORE WITH PRESCRIPTION PAIN RELIEVERS. C 1 36:00 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — SHE HATED WHO SHE HAD BECOME. SHE KNEW SHE WAS LETTING HERSELF DOWN, SHE KNEW SHE WAS LETTING GOD DOWN, SHE KNEW SHE WAS LETTING US DOWN. AT 21 CAITLYN WEEMS HAD GONE THROUGH ENOUGH FOR THREE LIFETIMES. PEOPLE CALLED HER POPULAR, BRIGHT, AND ATHLETIC – BUT THOSE CLOSEST TO HER NOTICED HER SLIP INTO A DARKER REALITY. C 1 29:03 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — CAITLYN WAS ADDICTED TO PAIN MEDICINE, SHE WAS ADDICTED TO PAIN KILLERS IT STARTED WITH BACK PAIN IN THE 8TH GRADE. C 1 32:16 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — THE ORTHOPAEDIST SAID SHE BASICALLY HAD THE BACK OF A 90 YEAR OLD. SHE HAD A COMPLETELY SQUISHED, COLLAPSED DISC, THEY SAID SHE WAS PROBABLY BORN WITH IT. THE DOCTOR OXYCONTIN ARE REALLY HEROIN PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR. THEY ALL COME FROM THE OPIUM PLANT BAYSIDE, SHE WENT UP TO HEAD A BALL AND DAMAGED HER TEETH. C 1 34:05 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — AGAIN, ANOTHER DOCTOR, THIS TIME IN THE DENTAL FIELD PRESCRIBED VERY ADDICTIVE PAIN KILLERS, AND WE DIDN’T THINK ANYTHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT WAS PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR. C 1 34:20 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — AND THEN, SLOWLY, WITHOUT US KNOWING, SHE WAS THEN SEEKING OUT MORE PILLS AND HAD MET PEOPLE THAT COULD GIVE HER PILLS OR SHE WOULD STEAL THEM – ONCE FROM HER OWN BROTHER WHO GOT HURT PLAYING BASEBALL. C 1 35:25 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — AND THAT’S WHEN WE KNEW THAT IT WAS QUITE SERIOUS DESPITE THE ADDICTION, CAITLYN EARNED A SOCCER SCHOLARSHIP TO A PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE. BUT AFTER 12 DAYS ON CAMPUS, SHE MET A MAN AND MOVED TO GEORGIA C 1 37:28 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — AND THEN SHE GOT PREGNANT. HER FAMILY WELCOMED HER HOME TO HAVE THE BABY – BUT ONLY IF SHE STAYED THIS PREGNANCY, SOCIAL SERVICES AND I WILL BE AT THE BIRTH OF YOUR CHILD CAITLYN GOT CLEAN — AND IN APRIL 2011, CAITLYN GAVE BIRTH TO A HEALTHY DAUGHTER, BRYLAN. C 1 43:51 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — I CALL HER MY EARTH ANGEL. SHE’S THE SPITTING IMAGE OF CAITLYN. CAITLYN STAYED CLEAN FOR 14 MONTHS – HER FAMILY WAS RELIEVED, AND CAITLYN WAS PROUD OF HERSELF. C 1 39:21 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — THEN ONE OF MOTHER — WE REALLY UNDERESTIMATED THE POWER OF THESE DRUGS C 1 39:40 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — SHE CALLED ME SOON AFTER AND SAID I’M IN TROUBLE. I TRIED HEROIN AND THAT STUFF, AND I’M IN TROUBLE. CAITLYN ENTERED A SOBER LIVING HOUSE WITH FOUR TIME, I WAS LIKE IN A LONG TIME SHE’S GONNA MAKE IT, I CAN SLEEP. BUT THAT HOPE TURNED TO TRAGEDY ONE SPRING NIGHT WHEN CAITLYN LOCKED HERSELF IN THE BATHROOM AT THE FACILITY, INJECTED HEROIN, AND OVERDOSED. CAITLYN’S MOTHER IS CERTAIN THAT HER DAUGHTER’S STRUGGLE WITH ADDICTION BEGAN ALL THOSE YEARS AGO, WITH A TRIP TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE. C 1 56:22 CAROLYN WEEMS MOTHER — I’M GONNA TALK ABOUT THIS. MY DAUGHTER WAS NOT A BAD PERSON TRYING TO GET GOOD. SHE WAS A SICK PERSON TRYING TO GET WELL. CAITLYN’S STORY IS ONE WE’VE HEARD FROM OTHERS WHEN RESEARCHING THIS STORY – A STRUGGLE WITH ADDICTION THAT BEGAN WITH OPIOID PAINKILLERS. ARE THEY THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO MANAGING PAIN? NEXT WEEK, WE EXAMINE OTHER OPTIONS AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. CHRIS HORNE 10 ON YOUR SIDE

6 comments

  1. honestly shes not to blame the dr.'s are those meds at that age like wtf would u think would happen

  2. ? These stories dont make sense. This sounds like the crack crisis in the 1980s. How does it only happen just because of pain killers pills?

  3. White racism is to blame. Payback is due. The government is the big drug dealers. Roosters coming home. Hahahaha

  4. I think it's too late the
    addiction on opioids it's at peak and it's getting worse by the day.if u think you got it under control, then along comes fentanyl which is x50 more potent than heroin and thas what junkies are running too. In 5 to 10 years I think heroin will be wiped out and millions of Americans will be addicted to synthetic opioids fentanyl and its cousin carfentanyl which is even deadlier. Donald Trump listens to your people genernation of young family are being wiped out, building a wall will not solve the American crisis what we need is long term rehabilitation without help care so addicts can be treated on the spot

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